Save the Date and Save the Climate
On the next-to-last weekend in September, tens of thousands of citizen activists will converge on New York City for the People's Climate March, timed to coincide with the arrival of delegates to the 2014 U.N. Climate Summit. The Sierra Club is among the 100+ (and counting) co-sponsors of the march, which just might be the largest-ever demonstration for climate action, calling on President Obama to put real solutions in place that will inspire leaders around the world and compel them to take action.
RSVP to join the People's Climate March.
A (Very) Long Island Run for Offshore Wind
Last Saturday, Sierra Club volunteer Matt Kearns ran most of the length of Long Island to help build support for offshore wind power by connecting two points that have proposed projects: Montauk and Long Beach. "Long Islanders know the dangers posed by climate disruption and we want to be part of the solution," says Kearns, who called his run The Wind 100. Now it's up to Governor Cuomo to get job-creating offshore wind across the finish line this year. Fortunately, you don't need to run 90 miles to send Governor Cuomo that message.
Tell Governor Cuomo to lead on wind in 2014.
Can't Hide the Taste of Tar Sands
Earlier this month, some of the biggest companies in the world, including Coca Cola and Pepsi, came together for the Sustainable Brands Conference in San Diego. For three days, Sierra Club activists took to land, sea, and Internet to make sure that companies using fuel made from tar sands can't hide from their role in worsening climate disruption.
Here's how they crashed the party.
5 Eco-Friendly Sunscreens
Summer's just four days away, which means more time in the sun, so you'll want to protect your skin. But many sunscreens contain chemicals that can harm the planet after you wash them off. We found five chemical-free sunscreens that protect against both UVA (skin cancer-causing) and UVB (sunburn) rays.
Check out our Earth-friendly, skin-saving list.
Demand the Right to Know About "Bomb Trains"
After a record-breaking year of oil train derailments, spills, and explosions, it's clear that dangerous "bomb trains" -- as some are calling them -- pose a threat to the communities they run through. Yet rail companies want to keep information about these dangerous oil shipments secret from the public.
Tell your governor: People have a right to know if they are in danger!
Happy Father's Day, Bart!
Longtime Sierra Club Outings leader Bart Carlson often leads trips with one or both of his sons, Zach and Bart Jr. As a nature lover, "it just made sense" to teach his kids to love being outside, and over the years Bart has gradually let the two boys take on more and more responsibility. The three recently teamed up to lead a rafting trip on California's East Fork Carson River for a group of teenage boys from a center for troubled youth.
Read more about this dynamic trio and the example they set.
Partners for the Future
What organization called for building fuel-efficient cars in 1949, bailed Martin Luther King out of a Birmingham jail in 1963, and helped fund the first Earth Day in 1970? Answer: The same organization that is one of the Sierra Club's most important allies in 2014.
Find out more in Michael Brune's post on the shared values of two great movements.
Put Solar On It
On June 21, the longest day of the year, we're joining solar installers, nonprofits, entrepreneurs, and community groups across the country for national Put Solar On It Day. Activists will celebrate rooftop solar as a source of clean energy and jobs in their communities, while calling for even more homes, businesses, and public buildings to "put solar on it" in the fight against climate disruption.
Learn more and tell us where you'd like to Put Solar On It.
Youth in Ghana Ready to Act on Climate
Agbogbloshie, Ghana, is one of the most polluted places in the world. But a group of inspired -- and inspiring -- youth want to change that. The Ghana Youth Environmental Movement and the Ghana Youth Climate Coalition are launching Power Shift Ghana this summer to pressure the Ghanaian government to act on climate. The three-day summit will be the largest gathering of youth coming together to call for clean energy in Ghana's history.
Learn how you can support Power Shift Ghana.
Nature on Pointe
After Misty Copeland, only the third African American female soloist with New York's American Ballet Theater, had surgery for six stress fractures on her leg, she had no idea when she would be able to dance again. After a couple months cooped up in her apartment, she booked an emotionally therapeutic trip to Puerto Rico. But on the next-to-last night of Copeland's trip, her doctor called from New York with unwelcome news.
Find out what Copeland did to find healing energy.
Photo courtesy of Under Armour/James Michelfelder
Editor's Note: An Insider subscriber in Idaho pointed out that the photo accompanying the Boulder-White Clouds action alert in the June 3 Insider was actually a photo of California's Sierra Nevada. Here is a photo of Idaho's beautiful Boulder-White Clouds wilderness study area.