Shruti's Full Candidate Statement
I joined the Sierra Club to fight climate change so that my children and future generations will be guaranteed a livable planet and have the fundamental right to clean air and clean water. And because I believe in the power of grassroots organizing, I knew I could make a difference as a volunteer leader.
Growing up in New Delhi, India, which has some of the worst air pollution in the world, I saw the harms caused by polluted air, as my mother suffered from bronchitis and asthma. We were a family with a modest income, and we didn't always have access to health care. My family experienced the injustices of environmental degradation—how the people who do the least to cause pollution are often the ones who suffer from it the most.
The movement to tackle the climate crisis must be interlinked to the movement to end racism and income inequality. I am excited about the transformation that is happening in the Sierra Club to become a more inclusive organization because building a broader climate movement is essential to addressing the climate crisis.
My 30 years of leadership experience is based on the values of active listening, collaboration, and inclusive partnerships. As your elected board member, I will work to ensure Sierra Club chapters and groups have the resources they need to build a stronger, more inclusive, and just climate movement engaging those who have been most impacted by climate change. I will be a strong ally to our grassroots activists so that they are heard and included in the decision-making process and feel safe, welcome, and valued.
As a community organizer, I have worked on numerous campaigns, trained, and mobilized hundreds of volunteers and voters. As a Sierra Club volunteer leader, I have successfully advocated for bold systemic changes at the county, state, and federal level for a just and equitable transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. I have also worked to ensure the protection of our wild spaces, and to implement good transportation and land use policies.
I would be honored to receive your vote. Together we can build a strong environmental movement, rooted in equity and justice, that uplifts the power and leadership of our grassroots volunteers.
You can read about the endorsements I have received, HERE.