Welcome to the Coasters – North County Coastal Group
The Coasters are the geographic division of the San Diego Chapter for the north coastal area, Del Mar to Oceanside. We organize a variety of Sierra Club activities in coastal North County, including conservation efforts, outings, and social events.
Fall Quarterly Meeting
Wednesday – October 27, 2021
7:00pm Via Zoom
Nature: Can we protect it, and ourselves, from the politics of fire? – Rick Halsey – Director of the California Chaparral Institute
Nature has now been declared public enemy #1. From the governor’s office, to the legislature, to state resource agencies, native habitat is seen as little more than “fuel” in need of immediate mitigation – and the dollars have been allocated to do so. Fight against this we must, but equally important is learning how to take care of ourselves. In a world seemingly overwhelmed by negativity and environmental threats, it is easy to become disillusioned. However, we have the ability to remain both hopeful and enthusiastic if we allow ourselves to focus on what really matters.
Bio: Richard W. Halsey is a writer, photographer, and the director of the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit research and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of California’s native chaparral ecosystem and supporting the creative spirit as inspired by Nature. Richard loves sharing the magic of Nature best, but is sometimes forced to take government agencies to court when they plan things that would destroy that magic. He started teaching biology as a 16-year-old volunteer naturalist at the El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach, California, enjoyed college, then taught high school biology for a couple decades until the adults became too much. He’s written a handful of research papers, a book, and contributed to a few more. He is currently planning the 7th year of the Institute’s Chaparral Naturalist Program.
The meeting will also include a discussion of our 2021 priorities and how you can get involved. Discussion will include updates from each of our North County Coastal cities and review of our opportunities and challenges. We can’t wait to see you!
Everyone is Welcome!
You must register for this virtual event.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Meeting is free of charge and open to the public!
What’s New From The Coasters
What Can You Do Now? Our Goal with this new group is to support the Sierra Club Mission to “Explore, Enjoy and Protect our Planet,” while addressing issues and providing outdoor opportunities that are important to our North County Coastal area.
Here are some immediate ways that you can get involved:
City Ambassador – We are looking for a few volunteers to become Information Ambassadors for their city – Ambassadors will help us stay up to date with important issues, developments and activities in each of the coastal cities. This will help our group stay informed and ready to mobilize on hot button issues. Contact Mayela at email@example.com.
Conservation Group – Volunteers will help jump start a “Coasters Conservation Group.” This group will work with the San Diego Chapter Conservation Group while bringing North County issues and priorities to the forefront. Contact Alice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outings – Our San Diego Chapter offers a number of ways to enjoy our beautiful region from sponsored hikes to Basic Wilderness Training Courses. Our Coasters group will be a galvanizing force for our area to tap into all that is currently available while exploring opportunities that are unique to our region. Contact Carl Pope at email@example.com.
Social Media Guru – We are looking for volunteers to help us create and manage our website and FaceBook page. Effective communication with our “Coasters Group” is the key to our success and critical during this politically charged time! Contact Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities, would like more information and /or have some other ideas to help build our Group please contact Sally Prendergast @email@example.com.