An environmental group is using Hurricane Harvey victims and misleading messaging to raise money for climate change activism.
The Sierra Club is raising money for “groups working on the ground,” claiming “100 percent of money raised supports relief and recovery efforts” for victims of Hurricane Harvey. To date, the organization has donated $5,000 to the Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (TEJAS) and is granting $31,500 to various other groups, including TEJAS.
TEJAS is working on the ground to help disaster victims recover: giving away emergency kits, renting out generators and power tools, and passing out clothes and other donated items, TEJAS Director Juan Parras told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
The group also engages in climate change activism, however, advocating that U.S. energy transition away from fossil fuels.
“We are seeing the consequences of climate change denial and the imperative need for an equitable just transition from the current extractive economy,” TEJAS’s own Harvey fundraising page says. “We ask that you support this just transition by donating to the t.e.j.a.s. Harvey Fund (#tejasharveyfund) to support a group that has historically worked in the most affected frontline, grassroots communities.”
While the funds raised by the Sierra Club help recovery efforts carried out by TEJAS, the money TEJAS receives is used to pay for all its functions.
“The Sierra Club funds are all going into the same pot,” Parras said. “They have given us no restrictions.”
TheDCNF reached out the Sierra Club for comment but received none in time for publication.
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