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In his June climate speech, President Obama affirmed that the Keystone XL decision can be made responsibly only in the context of the project's carbon pollution. This week we released a new report that settles the issue unequivocally: Keystone XL is a climate disaster. Share on Google+ Share with Facebook Share with Twitter Tell Your Friends
As the Insider goes to press, the so-called Rim Fire in and around Yosemite National ParkCalifornia’s fourth-largest wildfire on record — has consumed more than 235,000 acres of forest and continues to grow, although firefighters say it is now 70 percent contained. The Sierra Club salutes the nearly 5,00 local, state, federal, and volunteer firefighters who are heroically battling the blaze, and our thoughts are with area residents, many of whom have been forced to evacuate their homes.

Thank You
Thank You

Back in May, we called on Sierra Club supporters like you to help shine a light on the 1.3 billion people worldwide who live without access to electricity. In just a few short months, the clean-energy access project we shared with you is now fully funded!

The project raised $15,000 to fund ReadySet Solar Kits from Fenix International for 375 energy entrepreneurs in Uganda. The kits will in turn power mobile-phone charging and lighting for up to 19,000 households. Each ReadySet can power up to 50 phones in a community — while avoiding 12.3 tons of carbon pollution.

Read more about how solar crowdfunding helped make a difference in Uganda, and some lessons learned along the way.

 

 


Five Green Snack Foods
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Five Green Snack Foods

You’re starving, but the only place to find sustenance is a convenience store. What should you buy if you’re limited to the likes of a 7-Eleven or an E-Z Mart?

Check out our roundup of the greenest grab-and-go snacks to help you navigate the fluorescent-lit aisles of the corner store with ease.

Photo by Lori Eanes


Solar Returns to the White House
Solar Returns to the White House

The Rooftop Revolution has finally reached the White House. In late August, installation began on the First Family’s roof, making good on President Obama’s commitment three years ago to return solar panels to the White House. It’s been a long road, but thanks to the hard work of the Globama Initiative, led by Sungevity, 350.org, and thousands of clean-energy supporters across the nation, solar power has returned to the White House.

Read more about solar on the White House and learn how you can join the rooftop revolution by going solar at home.


Activists Tell Duke Energy to Get Off its Ashe
Activists Tell Duke Energy to Get Off its Ashe

Hundreds of clean-energy supporters turned out for a rally in Asheville, North Carolina, on August 24, to call on Duke Energy to retire its Asheville coal-fired power plant, the largest source of climate pollution in the western part of the state. Speakers included Sierra Club Beyond Coal campaign director Mary Anne Hitt and Lost actor Ian Somerhalder, at right, Asheville mayor Terry Bellamy, and former coal miner Nick Mullins, who quit the trade to join the movement to move America beyond coal.

Read what they had to say, and watch this video of the rally.

Photo by Sierra Club/Mike Belleme


The Dream, 50 Years Later The Dream, 50 Years Later

Last week Sierra Club supporters and friends joined tens of thousands of people for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. That historic day helped push Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act, a key pillar of the Civil Rights Movement. Unfortunately, during the past few years and even months, we’ve seen these same rights come under attack, including in the Supreme Court.

Keep the dream alive and demand that Congress restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act.

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50 Fresh Trips for 2014

Cross a few items off your bucket list on a journey to some of the most
charismatic destinations on Earth, including Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin
America, and right here in the States.

Hike among active volcanoes and ancient Buddhist trails in Japan; savor stunning landscapes and delicious food in southern Italy; search for exciting birds in the highlands and lowlands of Ecuador; or choose from a number of trips closer to home including ski/snowshoe/dogsled, canoe/kayak, and service.

Looking for more like this, or something else entirely? Visit content.sierraclub.org/outings to find the perfect trip.

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Is Camping a White Person Thing?

Our intrepid interns, Izzy and Daniel, recently explored one of the most fascinating competitions for college students: the solar decathlon.

Then they hustled off to Chicago to hang out with Outdoor Nation folks and ask the question, “Is camping a white person thing?

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Tell the Department of Interior: Protect Bryce Canyon from dangerous coal mining!

Last year, the Sierra Club and our allies submitted nearly 250,000 comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) opposing the expansion of the privately owned Alton Coal Mine onto federal land in southern Utah, 10 miles from Bryce Canyon National Park.

At the same time, both the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued formal comments opposing the mine. In addition, Utah’s largest newspaper editorialized against the mine proposal.

We can’t risk the pristine night sky, the local recreation economy, the amazing vistas or the wildlife near the park just to dig more coal out of the  earth for a few years of dirty electric power.

But the BLM has never denied a mining expansion request like this before. That’s why we aren’t taking any chances.

Keep up the pressure to halt the expansion of the Alton Coal Mine and protect Bryce Canyon National Park! Send a message to the BLM and Department of Interior Secretary Jewell now!

  1. Complete the form below with your information.
  2. Personalize your message if you wish.
  3. Click the Send Your Message button to send your message to the Bureau of Land Management and Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

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Ancient Ones The World of the Old-Growth Douglas Fir By Barbara Bash, illustrated in full color by the author Paperback, 32 pages ISBN: 978-1-57805-081-9 Ages: 6-10; Grades: 1-5

Deep in the old-growth forest, the earth is moist and the air is thick with the fragrance of decomposing needles. Lichen-covered logs crisscross the forest floor, and lush green moss clings to the ancient Douglas firs that tower overhead. All is still and silent. Or is it?

Look carefully and you might see the flicker of a bluebird among the branches. Listen closely and you may hear the rustling of tiny mice in the underbrush. For the world of the Ancient Ones is teeming with life — from the Douglas squirrels and marbled murrelets that make their homes high in the forest canopy, to the millipedes and sowbugs that probe their way through the fallen logs one hundred fifty feet below.

In lyrical prose and vivid watercolor paintings, acclaimed author-artist Barbara Bash captures the on-going drama of the old-growth world as she traces the life cycle not only of the Douglas fir, but of the forest itself. Both beautiful and informative, Ancient Ones will inspire reverence and awe in readers of all ages for the last of these majestic giants and the intricate web of life they support.

Barbara Bash has written and illustrated four other children’s books for the Sierra Club, including two previous Tree Tales — Tree of Life: The World of the African Baobab and Desert Giant: The World of the Saguaro Cactus. She lives in upstate New York.

NOTE: Ancient Ones is printed on paper containing a minimum of 50% recovered waste (of which at least 10% is post-consumer waste) and absolutely no fiber from old-growth trees.

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Like Live Music? Help The Sierra Club Foundation Win $75,000!
The Sierra Club Foundation is joining forces with Lost actor
Ian Somerhalder for a five-week online fundraising challenge called
#StartARyot. The Foundation has its eyes on the top prize of $75,000 and
every $1 you can give will help them bring it home. Plus, you could win
cool prizes including VIP tickets to see Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys,
John Mayer, and others at the Global Citizen Concert in Central Park.
What better incentive to support the Foundation’s efforts to protect the
planet?
Take the challenge — every dollar counts!

IanSomerhalderPhoto by Renee Scott

 

An Inconvenient Truth


theclimaterealityprojectTake Action Now

In 2006, An Inconvenient Truth woke the world up to the reality of the climate crisis. But global leaders failed to act, and climate change has accelerated, making the film’s message more urgent than ever. We have curated a collection of activities for you to get informed, get involved, use the power of your wallet, and mobilize your networks to send a message that climate change matters to you. Taken together, these actions will have a huge ripple effect. This is the challenge of our time. It’s up to us to solve it!


Use Your Voice

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Tell Your Friends, Family and Networks that Climate Change Matters to You

We listen to our friends and family on the things that really matter, and they listen to us. So start talking. In person and online about what’s happening to the planet. Your opinions will shape others, and soon, everyone you know will be talking to everyone they know about climate change. And that’s how change happens. You can find tips here.

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Stand Up to Denial

You don’t let ignorant comments about race or sexuality go unanswered. Don’t let comments like “climate change isn’t real” go unchallenged either. Online resources like Reality Drop and Skeptical Science help combat climate myths while giving you a great resource to stay current on good news.

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Tell Your Leaders this Matters to You

Government officials answer to you, so tell your leaders that you will support or strongly oppose them based on what they say and DO about solving the climate crisis. Ask your Congressman, city council, school board, and public utilities commission what they’re doing NOW to solve the climate crisis. Contact your Representatives and Senators.

Use Your Time

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Get Involved

Join the Climate Reality Project and add your voice to a global community of nearly 5 million people demanding a solution now. Then get involved with climate organizations in your community, or join some of the nation’s largest environmental advocacy groups like the Sierra Club, the National Wildlife Federation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, or the World Wildlife Fund.

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Take Small Steps

You can do so many things to make a difference and inspire people around you. Things like keeping your car tires fully inflated, not letting your car idle, switching out old light bulbs for LED or CFL options, and walking or biking instead of driving. For more ideas, check out the EPA’s What You Can Do.

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Know Your Impact

Learn what your personal carbon footprint is. Then, help your friends minimize their own carbon footprints by sending text reminders from DoSomething.org. Anyone under 25 can put in their crew’s cell numbers here to share climate change facts and helpful tips to protect the planet.

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Become a Climate Leader

Learn more about climate change and inspire your community to act. Join the Climate Reality Leadership Corps and join a global network that’s changing the world.

Use Your Dime

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Use the Power of Your Wallet

As consumers, we have the ultimate power to decide whether our money promotes Dirty Energy or a carbon-free future. Use your smartphone to see what your dollars are doing. After all, money talks.

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Support the Good Guys

As a consumer and a shareholder, support companies who are doing good things on climate change. 1% For The Planet is a great resource to learn which companies are supporting solutions. Even better, don’t forget to support the work of your favorite climate advocacy organizations.

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Get Your School or Employer to Support Action on Climate Change

Has your school joined the Climate Commitment? Ask your employer to sign the Climate Declaration, which calls on federal leaders to act on climate change. So far, more than 100 companies with combined revenues of $450 billion have signed on. That’s some good company.

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August
Time to Tell the Truth About Keystone XLTime to Tell the Truth About Keystone XL 
The fight against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline got a major boost this summer when President Obama vowed to reject the pipeline if it would “significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.” Keystone’s hopes now rest on a flawed State Department environmental report that claims the pipeline is harmless, despite mounting evidence that it would have significant negative effects on our climate and environment. And now comes breaking news that State’s own ethics watchdogs are calling the report into question, thanks to a list of problems with the pipeline and the review process presented by the Sierra Club and our partners.
Tell Secretary of State Kerry that the State Department’s environmental report must tell the truth — KXL would be a disaster for the environment!

10 Meatless Meals for Active Lifestyles 10 Meatless Meals for Active Lifestyles

Ultramarathon runner Ann Trason holds 20 world records in distances between 50 and 100 miles. It has been said that she “seems at times to possess superhuman strength.” Part of that exceptional ability comes from a super-healthy nutrition plan.

We recently spoke with Ann and learned about her favorite vegetarian foods for people with active lifestyles.


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Camping With a Roof Over Your HeadIf you’re outdoors-inclined but unsure about camping, a lodge-based Sierra Club trip might be for you. Spend action-packed days hiking, exploring nature, or simply relaxing, and return each night to a lodge for home-cooked meals, good company, and a real bed.
Hike and create works of art on a painting trip in California’s Tahoe National Forest visit glacier-carved valleys and lakes in Idaho’s rugged Sawtooth mountainsdayhike, stargaze, and discover natural and human history in the magnificent Colorado high country; or help conserve threatened aspen trees during fall in California’s Stanislaus National Forest.
Looking for more like this, or something else entirely? Visit Sierra Club Outings to find your perfect trip.

Bridging the Green-Khaki Divide Bridging the Green-Khaki Divide

Joshua Brandon served three tours of duty in Iraq, where he was awarded a Silver Star and two Bronze Stars for valor. But like so many other vets, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, and after mustering out of the Army in 2012, he had difficulty adjusting to civilian life. Brandon credits getting outdoors and cultivating a love of wild places with turning his life around. He now works for the Sierra Club’s Mission Outdoors program, where he is helping put together a Sierra Club Veteran Leadership Team.

Environmentalists and veterans are natural allies, Brandon says. Read more about what this vet is doing to foster this powerful alliance.


Mark Ruffalo We Like Him When He’s Angry

Few things anger Mark Ruffalo more than fossil-fuel industry accidents, such as the recent explosive blowout of a natural gas drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Ruffalo, an Oscar nominee who played the Hulk in The Avengers, penned this column in The Daily Beast, giving the dirty fuels industry a punch to the gut and asking readers to sign our petition to move the country beyond natural gas.
“Petroleum doesn’t equal patriotism,” he writes. “The real way to put America first is to put bad energy last.”

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Coal and Water Pollution

Coal: Bad for the Water
According to the EPA, more than half of all toxic water pollution in the
country comes from coal-fired power plants. Pollution standards haven’t
been updated in 30 years, but now the EPA has proposed strong new
guidelines that the Sierra Club supports. Today the Sierra Club released a new report (pdf) that highlights just how badly needed these protections are.

Sierra Club activists are hosting over 20 creative events nationwide
this month to help promote the new report and guidelines, including a
“toxic lemonade stand” in Pennsylvania and a “Miss and Mr. Toxic Water
Swimsuit Competition” in Missouri.

Find out how you can help protect our waters from coal pollution.

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Heather Moyer
How Faith Can Save Mountains

Like many Sierra Club staffers, Heather Moyer is an environmental and
community activist away from the office. She’s also active with her
church in Baltimore, where she runs her congregation’s Community Service
Program. As a writer for the Sierra Club, she’s all-too-aware of the
travesty of mountaintop-removal coal mining. So she decided to draft a
resolution putting her denomination, the 1.1-million-member United
Church of Christ, on record as officially opposing mountaintop removal,
and took it to their annual conference earlier this month.

Find out what happened. And take action to protect our Appalachian Mountains and waterways against the ravages of mountaintop-removal coal mining.

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Carnivorous Plants 4 Plants That Aren’t Vegetarians

They’re beautiful, fascinating, and hungry. Carnivorous plants live in nutrient-poor environments, like bogs, where they survive by capturing invertebrates and digesting them for nutrients.
Learn more about these plants and watch them in action.


Protect the Grand Canyon from Coal Pollution Protect
On a Clear Day…

Some of the most spectacular views on Earth can be experienced at Grand Canyon National Park, carved over tens of millions of years by the Colorado River. But for decades, visitors have had to peer through industrial haze coming from the largest coal-fired power plant in the West, located less than 12 miles from the national park’s boundary.

The EPA is taking public comments right now on how to clean up pollution from the Navajo Generating Station. But the coal lobby is pushing the EPA to delay cleanup and approve a weakened plan.
Send a comment to the EPA now to protect the Grand Canyon from coal pollution and restore clear skies to the national park.