Imagine John Muir in 1849, a wee Scottish lad of 11, in his first days on North
Imagine the mixture of awe, confusion and wonder he must have felt as he pondered his
future in this new, unfamiliar land.
"Ay, 'tis a strange and miraculous place," he may have whispered aloud, fraught
wi' the vast bounty of Nature an' the boundless folly of Man. Is't to heaven I've come, or
to Hell? Perhaps 'tis wha'ever I make it to be."
Or perhaps we're letting our imaginations run wild. Perhaps we're simply looking for
inspiration as we embark on this new adventure, The Planet, whose maiden issue you hold in
We are certainly looking for help. Like the lower-case planet, like the Sierra Club
itself, this new publication is a work in progress. It will be whatever you make it.
Talk to us.
Do we have a vision of our own? Yes. We see a publication that reflects, month after
month, the Club's great diversity. One that shows volunteer activists and staff working
together to protect places and people around the globe. One that provides a continuing
forum for fruitful dialogue and debate.
Above all, we envision The Planet becoming a trusted resource for Sierra Club
activists--a way not only to receive news and information, but to get your messages out to
For that we depend on you.
We encourage you to send us your reactions and suggestions for improvement, as well as
Club news, story ideas and letters to the editor, a feature we expect to begin with the
next issue of The Planet.
Send your letters--please indicate whether intended for publication or not--and story
ideas to Karin Derichsweiler, 312 Keith St., Norman OK 73069-5926.
If you have general comments or suggestions, you can send those to Karin, too, or to
B.J. Bergman at the Sierra Club, 730 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109.
In the meantime, this inaugural edition of The Planet features an in-depth look at the
"takings" phenomenon, an update on the legislative threat to the nation's
drinking water, and assorted news from activists and staff on issues concerning the Club
and the planet.
We hope you find it worth exploring, and look forward to hearing from you.
Karin Derichsweiler, Volunteer Editor B.J. Bergman, Managing Editor
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