Sprawl, population growth, and the Sierra Club


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Looking for the root cause


In November 1998, American voters passed overwhelmingly approximately 200 state and local ballot initiatives designed to contain sprawl. Citizens are concerned with growth run amok and their communities becoming unrecognizable. The Sierra Club has made curbing sprawl a national priority campaign.
Manhattan The press, the Sierra Club and the home-building industry all tout "smart growth" as the answer to the problem. But this reincarnation of urban planning offers only short-term palliatives, while the root cause -- uncontrolled population growth -- goes unnoticed and unaddressed. The Sierra Club's Sprawl literature, barely mentions population stabilization as an essential component in the effort to curb sprawl. SUSPS finds this omission appalling from one of the nation's most influential environmental organizations.
In order to inform members, leaders, and the public about the role population growth plays in our everyday lives, SUSPS has supported population - sprawl resolutions, which have been passed by over 15 Sierra Club chapters over the course of the last year recommending that the Club include a realistic discussion about population growth as an intrinsic component of sprawl.
SUSPS has pressed the Sierra Club to include population in the Club's Sprawl campaign. Members and the public intuitively understand this crucial linkage and it is therefore important that Club materials acknowledge population growth as a contributing cause of sprawl. To accomplish this goal, SUSPS qualified the following ballot question, which was voted on during the annual Sierra Club 2001 spring election.

"WHEREAS the Sierra Club has made reducing sprawl a national priority campaign; and
WHEREAS population growth is an important driving force of sprawl development in most areas; and
WHEREAS stabilizing the U.S. population has been Sierra Club policy since 1969;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: The Sierra Club shall emphasize both regional and national population stabilization as essential components in all Sierra Club sprawl materials and programs."
Woops - the Club deliberately dropped over half of the above petitioners' ballot question from the printed ballots. Is this Democracy in the Sierra Club?


Information on Sprawl

The Sprawl Ballot Question

The Overlooked Factor in Sprawl

The Sprawl Ballot Question - Looking for the Root Cause

Facing the Future and Sprawl

StarWhat you can do to help

Sprawl and Population

Supporting statement (short)

Census Adjusted Upward

Supporting statement (long)

Sprawl: It's Too Many People

Sprawl resolutions passed by Club Chapters

www.SprawlCity.org shows
population-sprawl relationship

Frequently Asked Questions

Democracy in the Sierra Club?


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