Stand Against Keystone XL
This week, a group of ranchers, farmers, and tribal communities from along the Keystone XL pipeline route are gathering in Washington, D.C., to let President Obama know how their land, water, and climate would be threatened by KXL.
Show you stand with these threatened communities against Keystone XL by sharing a message of solidarity!
A Grand Prize
Today is the last day to enter our Earth Day "Get Out!" photo contest. Submit your photo by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on April 22, showing us your favorite way to explore the outdoors, and you could win a trip for two to the Grand Canyon -- airfare and car rental included.
Enter your photo now!
Photo by Daniel C.
Earth Day: John Muir's Greatest Gift
John Muir is remembered for opposing the destruction of wilderness. But his real mission was always to celebrate wilderness. The Sierra Club has never stopped believing in the importance of protecting wild places. But as we entered the 21st century, we realized that simply saving the places we love isn't enough.
So what would John Muir do?
We need 143 more people to step up and support Mother Earth this Earth Day. If protecting threatened wildlife and clean drinking water matters to you, then show your commitment to our home and the wildlife that shares it by making a gift today. For wolves, for wild places, for the future of our planet -- help us reach our goal of 2,000 new committed supporters this Earth Day.
Make every day Earth Day by making a gift to the Sierra Club by midnight tonight.
The John Muir Way
Yesterday -- John Muir's birthday -- a new coast-to-coast trail opened in Scotland: the John Muir Way. The opening of the 134-mile trail, suitable for walking or cycling, is part of the 10-day John Muir Festival, celebrating the life and legacy of the pioneering conservationist and Sierra Club founder. The route echoes Muir's own personal journey from his birthplace of Dunbar, on Scotland's east coast, to the west coast at Helensburgh on the River Clyde, where Muir set sail for the United States with his family in 1849.
Learn more about the John Muir Way and Scotland's celebration of the Club's founding father.
Spring and Summer Flings with Sierra Club Outings
Hibernation is finally over. Rekindle your relationship with the outside world on one of these active adventures in Alaska, Hawaii, the Lower 48, and across the globe. See something you like? Better book it now, because it won't be around for long!
All this and plenty more at sierraclub.org/national-outings
Biking for Better Connections in the Big Easy
The Sierra Club teamed up with local allies in New Orleans one recent Saturday to host the Connect the 9 Community Bike Ride, an urban outing to promote better connections between the Upper and Lower Ninth Wards, advocate for safe bicycle and pedestrian options on the St. Claude Bridge, and promote restoration of the Lower Ninth's own Bayou Bienvenue.
Learn how Connect the 9 is helping residents connect with jobs and nearby nature.
Magical Miniature Tour
The first thing that novice carpenter Ella Jenkins ever hammered together was her 120-foot-square dream house. It's got a sleeping loft with a view of the Pacific Ocean and plenty of room for her harp.
Learn how this musician and artist built her ticket to freedom.
Photo by Mitch Tobias
Inside the Curl
Photographer Clark Little captures images from inside thick, dangerous waves that break right on the beach. In his new coffee-table book, Shorebreak
, he describes how he's been attracted to such waves nearly his entire life and how even now, at age 45, he still can't get enough of them. Little, who didn't pick up a camera until 2007, usually shoots near his home on the north shore of Oahu, though recently he's been seeking out distant coasts: Japan, California, Tahiti, and beyond.
Dive into this Shorebreak slideshow.
Photo by Clark Little
A Fierce Green Fire
Tonight on PBS, A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet will air at 9:00 p.m. EST. (Check your local listings in other time zones.) Written, directed, and produced by Academy Award-nominated Mark Kitchell for the American Masters series, the film spans 50 years of grassroots and global activism from the 1960s to 2009 and connects the major causes of environmentalism, from conservation to climate disruption. Narrators include Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, and Isabel Allende.
Watch A Fierce Green Fire tonight!
The Cantero family of Oahu closed on a loan to put rooftop solar on their home, only to have their local utility refuse to approve the solar system they'd chosen. The Hawaiian Electric Company notified the Canteros that homemade solar power had saturated the grid, threatening its reliability and safety. Five months later, the utility's dire predictions haven't come to pass, but solar installations and jobs have slowed statewide.
Find out how the nation's investor-owned utilities are trying to stop the solar revolution.
Illustration by Thomas James
Choose Wisely, Mr. President
The Climate Action Plan that President Obama announced last year is full of good ideas, and his administration has already done more than any other to address carbon pollution. Stimulus spending has helped boost clean, renewable energy, and the president has directed the EPA to set standards to curb toxic emissions and carbon pollution from coal plants. New fuel-economy standards will double the efficiency of our cars and trucks. The energy efficiency of our appliances and buildings is on track to improve dramatically.
But all this progress could be undermined by one bad choice...
Where Will You Watch Gasland 2?
Across the country, people are inviting friends, family, and neighbors into their homes to watch Gasland 2, which looks at the harmful long-term effects of fracking. Have you signed up to attend one yet?
Search for a house party near you and be a part of the national movement to protect our communities, public lands, and climate from fracking.
Stop "Fast Track" in Its Tracks!
Thanks to your activism, the majority of House Democrats have come out publicly in opposition to fast tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would strip our government's power to manage U.S. gas exports, open the floodgates for fracking, and sacrifice our air and water quality in order to feed foreign markets. A few House Democrats, however, still haven't taken a position and are in danger of being swayed by corporate campaign contributions.
Add your name to our petition and make sure your voice speaks louder than money.
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- The legendary Dr. Jane Goodall joins us to talk about her new book, Seeds of Hope.
- We also bring back an interview with renowned green architect William McDonough.