|By the time the fortieth anniversary of Earth Day arrived last week, nearly 80,000 of you had taken our pledge to help green America with personal actions. The most popular pledge? Taking reusable bags to the grocery store. The state with the most pledges? California. Once you adjust for population, though, the greenest state in America on Earth Day was actually just north of California. It must be all that Oregon rain.
Though Earth Day 2010 is behind us now, we're still receiving pledges. If you haven't already done so, make a pledge by April 30th and you'll also be entered to win a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii.
Sierra Club Trails marked Earth Day in a way that would have made John Muir proud. Community member Mike Hennessy posted the 1,000th trail: "Ghost Mountain, Marshall South Cabin."
Yes, we now have more than 1,000 trails described on the site, and if you're going to hike them all you'd better have some comfortable boots. If you hike even just one of them, take a camera along and grab some shots for the next Trails Monthly Photo Contest. You could be a winner, like Kerry Roberts, whose shot of a ladybug taking flight in Chumash Park Trail won this month's grand prize.
Sierra Club Radio listeners already know that frequent guest Annie Somerville (head chef at San Francisco's famous Greens restaurant) has lots of good advice on cooking fresh, nutritious, and delicious dishes. Now you can devour Annie's cooking expertise with your eyes as well as your ears.
We've posted three short videos of Annie demonstrating how to cook perfect artichokes, make a delicious beet salad, and more.
Start watching and get cooking!
Navajo grassroots leaders saddled up last week for a 100-mile horseback ride to the Navajo Nation capital to protest coal mining on Black Mesa.
According to Sierra Club Community Partnerships organizer Andy Bessler, who helped with logistics, "The horse-riding tradition is a time-honored way to advocate among the Navajo. Tribal leaders respect it as a traditional way to carry a message from home to the tribal council."
At the end of the ride, nearly 100 tribal activists and supporters marched on the tribal headquarters to call for an end to Peabody coal mining on Black Mesa.
Enter Sierra magazine's fourth annual Paddlesports Contest for your chance to win a Wooden Kayak Kit from Pygmy Boats, adventure apparel from ExOfficio, or a three-day paddling and dining getaway in Morro Bay, California.
Explore and enjoy the planet on the water! The deadline for entries is June 30.
The Sierra Club Foundation is one of nine environmental non-profits entered in the Members Project from TakePart and American Express.
The voting period is almost over -- ending May 24. The organization with the most votes in each of five categories will win $200,000, donated by American Express.
Visit the website each week and vote to help The Sierra Club Foundation win!
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