This fall, PBS will air a new 12-hour, six-part documentary series, directed by Ken Burns: National Parks: America's Best Idea. Needless to say, we're super excited about the series (and proud to be an outreach partner).
The September 27 air date is still a ways off, but most PBS stations will show a half-hour preview on May 24 (check your local listings). In the meantime, you can learn more about the series, download some nifty wallpaper and other widgets, and even pre-order a DVD from the series website.
Imagine growing up in Southern California without ever seeing the ocean. Every year, that's the case for at least one of the kids at Crenshaw High's Eco Club. Fortunately, dean of students, Sierra Club volunteer Bill Vanderberg, has dedicated himself to making sure they have the opportunity to experience the world beyond their own inner-city neighborhood.
The role Bill has played in turning around the lives of hundreds of students was recognized last week when he received an "Early's Angels" award from CBS's The Early Show. You can watch the story of Bill and his students here.
Only a real motivator could get 250 young people into a gym in South Central L.A. at 4 a.m. Congratulations, Dean Vanderberg -- you're what the Sierra Club's Building Bridges to the Outdoors program is all about!
A critical victory for healthy communities was won on April 24. The Virginia Air Pollution Control Board voted unanimously to support recommendations made by the Sierra Club and the Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards to improve health-threatening coal dust pollution in Roda, Virginia, which is surrounded by nine mountaintop-removal coal mines.
"When I was there, coal trucks were passing by at a rate of about ten per minute," says Sierra Club attorney Aaron Isherwood. "Every house in the community is coated with coal dust -- outside and inside. This victory couldn't have been achieved without local residents who had the courage to stand up."
Read the full story of how local residents fought back in our Scrapbook blog.
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month -- a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. To mark the occasion, Sierra Club President Allison Chin will speak at several public events this month including addresses to the EPA in San Francisco and to the Service Employees International Union in Washington, D.C., relating her own story as an Asian-American environmentalist and stressing the importance of the Blue Green Alliance.
For more on how the Club as been partnering with Asian Americans, see our Scrapbook blog.
Yesterday was the first hearing on the EPA's proposed finding that the greenhouse gases causing global warming are a threat to the public health and welfare of the United States.
Mark Kresowik of the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign had this to say: "The four or five climate change deniers and industry lobbyists present looked discouraged as speaker after speaker urged the EPA to move away from the dirty coal and oil interests of the past."
If you couldn't make it to Arlington yesterday or can't be in Seattle on Thursday, don't worry -- our live Twitter feed from the hearings will keep you informed on who says what -- and how the EPA reacts. The big carbon polluters have spent tens of millions of dollars lobbying in Washington D.C., and we know they'll push hard against any regulation from the EPA.
Let's turn these hearings into a powerful message that our country's future won't be determined by the coal industry and its allies.
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