Training And Support
As a grassroots organization, one of our goals is to support you to create change in your community. We can provide you with the skills and information that can help you find answers and solutions for environmental issues that affect you.
The Sierra Club Prairie Chapter is also launching its Land Academy Training Program to support Albertans fighting to protect their land and community through legal and grassroots organizing workshops, as well as staff coaching and campaign support. From ranchers in southern Alberta struggling to keep water clean, to landowners on the eastern slopes concerned about proposed coalbed methane projects that threaten the water as well as the forests, to community members in the industrial heartland who fear breathing the air in light of proposed new upgraders, to residents living in a quarter of the province where tar sands deposits are threatening forests and rivers from tar sands development - across the province, Alberta's wild lands are being threatened.
The Land Academy Training Program workshops include:
o Your Rights and the Environmental Regulations: The political and regulatory process and the laws that govern the environment, their rights as citizens and wilderness advocates, and the opportunities for their involvement in the legal and political process.
o Land Advocates & Grassroots Organizing: This section of the training will provide participants with practical organizing skills to exert political pressure, effectively advocate for environmental protection, mobilize their community and raise the profile of their issue. Specifically, we will cover topics such as planning a winning campaign, working with the media and communications, building coalitions, lobbying and meeting with their MLA, MP or city councilor, public outreach, environmental education and community mobilization. It will empower participants to become more active citizens and interact more deeply in the democratic process.
o Strategic Planning: A strategic planning session will be facilitated at the end of every training to ensure that participants have the ability, the direction, and the confidence to move forward in protecting their particular environment or working on their existing campaign.
If you are living in a community that is being directly impacted by an environmental issue, working with a group fighting to protect your land and keep your community healthy, or you are interested in learning how to more effectively advocacte for the environment and mobilize your community, contact us at 780-439-1160 for more information on how to set up a Sierra Club training and how to be a participant at one of our Land Academy Training Programs.
Information and Resources
Environmental 911 - Our researchers in the Environmental911 program can provide you with information about specific issues that affect your community. Contact them with a specific question to receive a detailed response that includes how you can get involved. The researchers have also put together a series of fact sheets about common issues of concern that may be able to help you in your search to learn more and take action