We believe it important to historically document changes to Sierra Club policy over time as well as the activities of SUSPS and the Sierra Club.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
History of SUSPS activities
SUSPS® was formed in 1996 after the Sierra Club reversed its 30-year comprehensive population policy which addressed both the impacts of fertility and mass migration on U.S. population growth. SUSPS's founders created the grassroots SUSPS network to express the concerns of thousands of Sierra Club members at the Club's departure from long-term environmental policy. SUSPS believes that, in conformity with past Sierra Club environmental policy and the very roots of the environmental movement, the large contribution of over-immigration to the rapid growth in U.S. population must not be ignored.
Since its formation, SUSPS participated in Club's democratic processes in order to achieve this objective. Unfortunately, the current majority on the Club's Board of Directors has used its influence to try to block SUSPS' efforts. SUSPS believes some of the Board's tactics used to counter our efforts have violated the Club's bylaws and the spirit of democracy written into the bylaws by the Club's grassroots founders. On one occasion the Club's Inspectors of Election found that the Board violated the Club's bylaws in trying to squelch a SUSPS initiative.
SUSPS is proud of what we have accomplished to date, including the election of three Directors to the Board of Directors, and is confident that with the help of concerned Sierra Club members, the Sierra Club will restore its previous comprehensive population stabilization approaches.
A brief history of SUSPS activities within the Sierra Club
SUSPS was formed in 1996 when the Sierra Club Board reversed the Club's comprehensive population policy which addressed both the impacts of birth rates and mass immigration on U.S. population growth.
In March-April of 1998, SUSPS brought the question of population growth and immigration levels before the Sierra Club membership during the annual spring election in the form of a ballot question. Sierra Club members voted whether to include reduction of immigration as well as in fertility in a return to the traditional comprehensive Sierra Club U.S. population policy.
Unfortunately, in the opinion of many, including the Club's Election Inspectors, the Club designed the ballot question in a way that violated Club bylaws and influenced the outcome of the vote. Notwithstanding, 40% of the voters agreed with the SUSPS position. Quite simply, the Sierra Club ducked the population issue.
(Please see our site map for a catalog of more detailed information on the 1998 election, including the ballot question, opinion, articles, discussion and frequently asked questions.)
SUSPS chronological history
30-year Population Policy History within the Sierra Club
The Sierra Club has historically supported a comprehensive U.S. and international population stabilization policy, including immigration as it relates to population growth.