Whether you love to max-out your muscles or recharge your spiritual batteries, there's a community of outdoor enthusiasts like you in the new Sierra Club Trails online community (http://www.sierraclubtrails.com/).
We're one of the oldest names in outdoor adventure, and we've created a place online where you can share your favorite trails, organize groups for hiking expeditions or wildland protection, discuss recipes and rare bird sightings, let folks check out your best photos, blog about trips and tips, and much more.
It's easy and costs nothing to join. And hey -- if you've already done some great hikes, you can add a trail description (or several -- Dave Meiser in Pennsylvania added twenty!). We want a wide selection of trails from every part of the country before we invite the public, and you can help us get there.
Pull on your boots and join us on Sierra Club Trails!
It wasn't exactly Frazier-Ali at The Garden (in fact, it was markedly more amicable), but last week in San Francisco Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope debated Chevron CEO David O'Reilly, hosted by The Commonwealth Club. The subject was "America's Energy Future," and a packed room listened intently as the two men agreed on some issues (global warming is real and caused by humans) but differed sharply on others (what to do about it). Perhaps the most shocking moment came when… ah, but you should see that for yourself on YouTube.
You'll find links to that video and other debate coverage (including full audio) at Climate Crossroads.
Already, mountaintop-removal coal mining has destroyed close to 2,000 miles of Appalachian streams. Although the Obama administration has promised to enforce existing laws and regulations more strictly, oversight alone won't be enough. Actress Ashley Judd is helping the Sierra Club lead a grassroots campaign asking for a new rule that would prohibit mountaintop-removal mining altogether.
Visit our "What's at Stake" website to take action and see our mountaintop-removal mining permit tracker (updated every five minutes).
On Monday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that his agency will establish a new office dedicated to getting youth outdoors. Salazar, joined by White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett and hundreds of children, signed a Secretarial Order to officially establish an Office of Youth at the Department of Interior. The creation of the Office is the first step toward fulfilling Salazar's vision of a 21st Century Youth Conservation Corps.
The new Corps will build a bridge to the outdoors and to green jobs for a new and diverse generation of public lands enthusiasts and employees. It will also educate a young hunters and anglers. The announcement followed a youth fishing event at Constitution Gardens on the National Mall.
As part of our mission to help people explore, enjoy, and protect the planet, we've partnered closely with the new Sierra Club Green Home site -- an online tool that helps you take simple steps to green your home. Now, Sierra Club Green Home is accepting applications from your favorite green businesses for listing on its highly targeted green database.
The site provides educationally rich, quality content on more than 100 subjects related to sustainability for the home. In addition, Sierra Club Green Home aims to build the largest and most comprehensive database of national green suppliers, vendors, and retailers (all vetted for authenticity through the site's "GreenCheck" process).
Visit SierraClubGreenHome.com for details. Businesses can apply for listing online by filling out the Provider Registration form. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-SCGH-COM.
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