A membership moment – please take a minute to consider your Sierra Club membership

Takota, a Golden Eagle from the El Paso Zoo at the Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta in 2010 by Rick LoBello

I have always admired and respected the Sierra Club. When I worked in the national parks we all heard the story of John Muir and I can really relate to what he said in The Yosemite in 1912… "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike."
Today like so many of you reading this, I am living in a border city with a beautiful mountain range creating the perfect backdrop for a community that in many ways feels a connection to the desert landscape unlike most people in Texas. I regularly join the chorus of the concerned citizens of our community who are alarmed about all of the new roads and related developments going up everywhere. Not long ago our water bills confirmed what we have been reading in the paper for years. A recent flyer inserted with the bill stated that “Someday we will import water from other aquifers.” That someday could be less than 40 years from now according to a spokesperson for the El Paso Water Utilities. For many of our young people in El Paso that someday could be just around the corner, especially if climate scientists are correct in their projections regarding climate change.

Are we ready to import water? How sustainable is our community and what will we do when all the unprotected natural open spaces are covered with buildings and pavement?

What can our Sierra Club with over 350 members in El Paso do in making a difference today and for future generations? We will never know if more of us don’t get involved. That is why I volunteered to be the El Paso Group Membership Chair. I want to make a difference in my life and would like to see our group rise up to our expectations. Will you join me? Let’s talk about how you can help with phone calls or by joining our membership committee. I hope to hear from you soon.

Rick LoBello