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Bruce Hamilton, National Policy Advisor, Sierra Club

Updated: Feb 8, 2021

As a wildlife biologist and environmental activist, Bruce has been making "good trouble" for over 50 years. Joining the Sierra Club in 1977, he's served in several positions including Deputy Executive Director and led the development of their policies and programs, working tirelessly to protect and promote the natural world, wildlife, wild places, indigenous rights and climate justice.

He takes us through the history of the Sierra Club, from its 1892 founding in California to a national organization of 3.8 million members working to advance climate solutions to ensure everyone has access to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment.

Bruce discusses how different Presidents and government policies have influenced their membership and strategy over the years and takes us through the establishment of the Bears Ears National Monument and how effective campaigning has resulted in the major banks declining to finance oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge despite leases being offered by the Trump Administration.

In closing, he offers advice to young people seeking a career in conservation and recommends three books for anyone looking to become an effective environmental activist and campaigner.

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