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Sierra Club Washington State Chapter

Stop Plastic Pollution! Stop The World’s Largest Methanol Refinery!

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Join The Call For Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Energy, Healthy Salmon Runs, A Stable Climate, And An End To Plastics Pollution. Over 30,000 Voices Have Already Spoken Up Opposing Fracked-Gas-To-Methanol; Our Goal Is To Add 5,000 More During Earth Month.

Did you know that the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery, proposed along the Columbia River in Kalama, WA, would feed the plastics industry? The refinery would consume massive amounts of fracked gas to create liquid methanol, a feedstock for plastics.

Take action today by telling Govornor Inslee to stop this dirty and dangerous project!



If you think the world already has too much climate and plastics pollution, join with over 30,000 people who have already spoken up to protect the Columbia and our climate from a massive refinery.

April is Earth Month—a great time to tell Washington’s Governor Inslee what you think about the world’s largest methanol refinery


Can you help End Plastic Pollution on Earth Day?

Dear Friend,

Disposable plastic is everywhere. From your first cup of coffee, to the shopping bag carrying your food, to your take-out dinner, disposable plastic is permanently present in our lives. We now know that plastics are wreaking havoc on our planet because trillions upon trillions of plastic items are produced, and we simply do not have the ability to manage such an enormous amount of waste.

If you are not convinced that disposable plastic is a big problem, have you considered that about one trillion single-use plastic bags are used annually across the globe? That’s nearly 2 million every minute! And bags are just one disposable plastic item among the dozens that we use almost every day.

We all contribute to the problem in one form or another. Reducing our consumption of plastics is doable, but because disposable plastic is so common, the habit can be hard to break.

Earth Day is this Sunday, April the 22nd, and we are inviting you to:

LEARN about plastic pollution using our Plastic Pollution Primer and Action Toolkit and actions that you can take to Reduce, Refuse, Reuse, Recycle and Remove plastics.

FIGURE OUT HOW MANY PLASTIC ITEMS YOU CONSUME using our Plastic Pollution Calculator and lay out a concrete plan to reduce your plastic pollution footprint, and

MAKE A PLEDGE to stick to your plan!

INVITE OTHERS TO HELP. Share a link to the calculator and the toolkit with your friends, family, and community. And share it on social media to help End Plastic Pollution this Earth Day.

The only way we will End Plastic Pollution is if the entire world is working together to do so. We know that it can sometimes feel like a massive problem that will never be solved through individual action. But we also know that if we add all our individual actions together, we become a collective that will bring about real and lasting change!!

Help us to inspire others by sharing your story with us and others. Post on social media using the hashtags: #EndPlasticPollution and #EarthDay2018

Together, we can help to END PLASTIC POLLUTION!


Earth Day Network

Let’s Plant Trees in Puerto Rico this Earth Day

The Canopy Project

Trees reverse the impacts of land degradation and provide food, energy and income, helping communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability. Trees also filter the air and help stave off the effects of climate change.  In just one year, a mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen as 10 people inhale!

Join with Earth Day Network and help us to reach our goal of planting 7.8 billion trees — one tree for every person on earth — in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020.

Let’s plant trees in Puerto Rico this Earth Day.

Over a crackling phone line this morning, powered by a generator in the El Yunke National Forest in Puerto Rico, volunteer coordinator Juana Rosas described the devastation.  Almost seven months since Hurricane Maria battered the island, there is still no electricity in most rural areas. Roads are impassable due to landslides. At the National Park, visitor centers and greenhouses are destroyed.

El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rain forest in the US national forest system, is one of the world’s most diverse tropical rain forests, and home to hundreds of plant and animal species.

With no office and spotty internet, Juana and volunteer teams of local Girl Scouts are working tirelessly to replant native tree species. They are asking for our help. Please help Earth Day Network reforest Puerto Rico.

Juana Rosas and her team of Girl Scouts are working to plant trees, stabilize the forest ecosystem, bring back tourists and restore jobs to local communities around El Yunke National Park.

“We’ve got two trails and one waterfall open so far!” she reports.

The powerful Category 4 Hurricane Maria raked across the island Sept. 20, killing at least 60 people and causing widespread damage. It was the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in 89 years. In a matter of hours, about 80 percent of the crop value and 80 percent of the trees were destroyed.

Now, everything depends on how fast the forest recovers. This Earth Day, let’s reforest Puerto Rico. Please help.

P.S. Corporate donors have pledged $107,000 so far to reforest Puerto Rico. Help match that amount before Earth Day. Please help now!


Earth Day Network

The Refuge is sacred to Alaska Native tribes like the Gwich’in ~ Sierra Club

Take action to protect the Refuge!
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) just took the first step to open the Arctic Refuge to oil leasing. Add your comment and tell them that America’s last great wilderness should stay protected!
Take action!
Dear Friends,

Starting today, we’re racing against time to protect the Arctic Refuge from oil drilling. The Department of the Interior just began the environmental review process for a lease sale in the Refuge — the first step in opening America’s last great wilderness up to Big Oil.

Submit a comment and tell BLM that oil rigs can never be allowed in the Refuge.

The Refuge is sacred to Alaska Native tribes like the Gwich’in, whose way of life is tied to the migration of the Refuge’s porcupine caribou herd. For the Gwich’in, protecting this place is a matter of tribal sovereignty and human rights. It’s also an issue of food security — in a place where grocery store staples are prohibitively expensive, the Gwich’in rely on caribou for 80% of their diet.

This environmental review process would normally take years, but Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke are rushing to get drills in the ground before another administration can reverse their decision. And we need to stop them. This year is our last chance to hold the line — we need to bring our message to the government, the oil companies, and the banks that fund these drilling projects.

Add your comment and tell BLM that the Arctic Refuge is a symbol of what we want for our future — the preservation of a way of life, climate justice and wild places for future generations.

Thanks for all you do,

Lena Moffitt
Senior Director, Our Wild America Campaign
Sierra Club

Top 5 Reasons to Help Plant Trees in Puerto Rico this Earth Day

This Earth Day, as Puerto Rico struggles to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, help plant trees in El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rain forest in the US.

Here’s why:

1. THE PEOPLE: The people of Puerto Rico need our help. El Yunque National Forest was once one of the most visited places on the island. Almost seven months later, its closure leaves a huge hole in the economy. Income tied to tourism has plummeted and unemployment—already twice the national average before the hurricane—has skyrocketed. Help rebuild Puerto Rico by re-opening El Yunque National Forest.

2. THE PARROTS: The critically endangered Puerto Rican Parrot’s only remaining natural habitat is the high trees of El Yunque National Forest. Re-establishing stable parrot habitat in the forest means survival of the species. Help plant trees to save the Puerto Rican Parrot.

3. THE IGUANAS:  We like these herbivorous lizards but fewer trees means more sun and overpopulation for the iguanas.  Less shade increases the temperature of the soil, giving them more places to nest. Don’t let iguanas disrupt the entire ecosystem in the forest reserve. The solution: More trees!

4. THE ORCHIDS: The spectacular Lepanthes eltoroensis orchid lives only in El Yunque National Forest’s Elfin Woods. The delicate orchid—like many endangered species that thrive in El Yunque National Forest—only grows on forest trees at an altitude of 2,789 feet or above. Stabilizing tall trees and replanting where necessary is a matter of life or death for the orchid.

5. THE PLANET:  Rainforests are often called the lungs of the planet because they absorb carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, and produce oxygen upon which all animal life —including human life— depends for survival. Help save planet Earth by saving the El Yunque rainforest.

The powerful Category 4 Hurricane Maria raked across the island Sept. 20, killing at least 60 people and causing widespread damage. It was the strongest storm to hit the US territory in 89 years. In a matter of hours, about 80 percent of the crop value and 80 percent of the trees were destroyed.

Now, so much depends on how fast the forest recovers. This Earth Day, let’s reforest Puerto Rico. Please help.


Earth Day Network