Win a Grand Canyon Adventure for Earth Day
Earth Day is only two weeks away, but we're starting the celebration early with a "Get Out!" photo contest. Submit a photo that shows your favorite way to explore the outdoors, and you could win two spots on a Sierra Club outing to the Grand Canyon (travel included)!
Visit our Get Out! page to submit your photo (and to find out how you can explore the outdoors with the Sierra Club in your own neck of the woods).
The deadline is April 22, so don't delay!
Get Your Nature On
Not to boast, but when it comes to getting people outdoors, nobody does it more or does it better than the Sierra Club. For that, we give thanks to the dedicated volunteers who every year help more than 250,000 people get their nature fix. Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune wants to be sure you know not only what Sierra Club Outdoors can do for you but also how it is helping people all across the country -- from city kids to returning vets -- benefit from "the tonic of wildness."
Learn more about Sierra Club Outdoors (and see where we're hiking this week in your neighborhood).
April 26: Join an Event of Unusual Power Against Keystone XL
On April 22, (Earth Day) the Cowboy Indian Alliance -- a group of ranchers, farmers, and tribal members who live along the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline route -- will ride into Washington, D.C., and set up camp near the White House. On April 26, they will highlight the effects KXL would have on their communities and lead a procession on the National Mall that will culminate with the presentation of a ceremonial tepee to the administration and a call for President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline.
Sign up to stand with them in D.C.
Our Volunteers Rock!
It's national volunteer week, and if there's anything we love at the Sierra Club, it's our fabulous volunteers. Every single day, they're out there doing everything from leading hikes to restoring wetlands to organizing their communities for clean energy.
For an example of the latter, check out this blog post from Yassamin Kavezade, a college student and volunteer activist with the My Generation campaign in California.
And check in with us on Facebook as we highlight a volunteer a day.
Hit the Pack, Jack!
Looking for some of the wildest landscapes in the States? You'll find them -- along with deep blue lakes, lofty peaks, and wildflower-filled meadows -- on these backpacking trips. Never backpacked before? No problem: We'll teach you how on a beginner trip with experienced leaders.
Here are four classic backpacking destinations to get you started:
You'll find plenty more at sierraclub.org/national-outings
A Sunburn Inside Your Lungs
When heavy smog chokes the air, we breathe lungfuls of ozone, which triggers tens of thousands of asthma attacks and sends tens of thousands of children to the emergency room every year. The American Lung Association describes breathing smog as like getting "a sunburn inside your lungs."
Tell the EPA to protect our kids -- and all of us -- from dangerous smog pollution!
Host a Party for the Planet
If you haven't seen Gasland Part II yet, now is your chance. Filmmaker Josh Fox picks up where he left off in Gasland and looks at the long-term effects of fracking, including reports of poisoned water, earthquakes, and even neurological damage.
Sign up to host an activist house party to screen the movie, and we'll send you a free copy of the DVD. After the movie, you and your guests can tell President Obama to keep dirty fuels in the ground to protect our climate, our public lands, and our communities.
Sign up to host (or attend) a house party today.
Total Lunar Eclipse Next Week
A total lunar eclipse will take place next Monday and Tuesday nights (April 14-15), when the moon passes into the shadow of Earth. The far northeastern United States will see the eclipse at moonset, but the rest of the Lower 48 will be able to view the event in its entirety. The partial phase, as our shadow begins to cover up the brightness of the full moon and then gives it back, lasts for about an hour on either side of the total phase.
Read more and find out when the total eclipse begins where you live.
Years of Living Dangerously
Years of Living Dangerously, a new TV series about heroes fighting climate disruption, debuts next week on Showtime. Executive produced by Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron, and starring correspondents such as Harrison Ford, America Ferrara, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, and Ian Somerhalder, it features inspiring stories from around the globe about the fight to protect our planet.
Tune in April 13 on Showtime for the first episode (or watch it online here). A future episode will feature the work of Sierra Club Beyond Coal activist Anna Jane Joyner as she and her coalition partners fight to retire the Asheville, North Carolina, coal-fired power plant.
How Clear a Clean Trillion
The "clean trillion" is one estimate of how many dollars the world needs to invest in low-carbon energy sources by 2030 if we want to limit global warming to 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit and avoid the worst effects of climate change. And it's totally doable -- but not if we keep investing in dead-end dirty fossil fuels.
That's why The Sierra Club Foundation has signed the Divest-Invest Initiative, which is committed to divesting from fossil fuels and investing instead in clean energy and climate solutions.
They say the first $1.8 billion is the hardest...
Tar Sands Meets Mr. Rogers
Watch the latest spoof from Sierra Club Productions, in which an enthusiastic young teacher demonstrates to his class how the Keystone XL pipeline will safely transport tarry, sandy, dirty, nasty tar sands crude oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
Whoops! Look what happened...
Don't Let Tigers Lose Their Homes
Siberian tigers are the biggest, rarest breed of tiger on our planet, and illegal logging is putting their future in jeopardy. Only 400 to 500 Siberian tigers remain in the wild, living throughout the vast forests of the Russian Far East, which is a hot spot for illegally logged hardwoods. It's time to call for stronger protections against illegal logging.
Take action to help Siberian tigers!
Subscribe to Sierra Club Radio.
- David Gelber, one of the creators of the new Showtime TV series Years of Living Dangerously, which features heroes fighting climate change.
- Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, on the recent coal ash spill in North Carolina.