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The Planet

Welcome to The Planet

(A Work in Progress)

The Planet, July 1994, Volume 1, number 1

Imagine John Muir in 1849, a wee Scottish lad of 11, in his first days on North American soil.

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 your hand.

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 others.

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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