|As the Insider goes to press, the so-called Rim Fire in and around Yosemite National Park — California’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.|
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.
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
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.
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.
Photo by Sierra Club/Mike Belleme
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.