Barlow receives Earthcare Award Photo credit: Shannon Biggs
This evening, at a ceremony in Oakland, California, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow received the Sierra Club’s EarthCare Award. The award honours ‘an individual who has made a unique contribution to international environmental protection and conservation’.
The Earthcare Award is the highest international award presented by the Sierra Club US.
Previous recipients of the award include Gro Harlem Brundtland (the former Norwegian prime minister who is an international leader in sustainable development and public health) and Wangari Maathai (a prominent Kenyan environmental activist who has also received the Right Livelihood Award and the Nobel Peace Prize).
The Sierra Club was founded in the United States in 1892 and the organization has 1.4 million members, more than 60 chapters, and approximately 500 paid staff working in the national headquarters in San Francisco, a lobbying office in Washington, DC, as well as in numerous state and regional offices.
They have been successful in stopping the construction of dams (notably the Echo Park dam on the Colorado River in the 1950s and the building of two dams that would have flooded portions of the Grand Canyon in the 1960s) and continue working to decommission various dams (notably the O’Shaughnessy Dam on the Tuolumne River in California, the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River in northern Arizona, and four dams on the Snake River in eastern Washington).