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Understand our stand

San Luis Obispo

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Context is everything. “What’s behind those ads?” (Oct. 30) paired the following quotes in such a way as to give the reader the impression that I said something I did not:

“‘We never understood why the current board of the Sierra Club would not address the population issue,’ Hull said.

Andrew Christie, director of the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club, said, ‘The situation hasn’t changed much over the last 10 years.’”

I wrote those words in an e-mail exchange with your reporter in response to his question about the contentious recent history of the Sierra Club and the anti-immigration cohort. I was referring to the strategy and tactics of their attempt to co-opt the environmental movement, which are the same today as they were a decade ago (now with global warming tossed in). I was definitely not expressing agreement with the notion that the Sierra Club does not “address the population issue,” a favorite canard of the anti-immigration folks—one in a long list—that can’t withstand the most cursory examination or a visit to www.sierraclub.org/population, where the reader may review the Sierra Club’s longstanding advocacy for real population growth solutions: universal access to family planning services and comprehensive sex education, sustainable development policies that address poverty and gender inequity, and advancement of the basic rights of women and girls worldwide.

-- Andrew Christie - Chapter Director - Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club

-- Andrew Christie - Chapter Director

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