Why Sea Turtles Need Solar Panels
Sea turtles have thrived in the world's oceans for millions of years, but every single species is currently endangered. That makes it doubly tragic that, nearly a year after the BP oil disaster, sea turtles are dying in record numbers in the Gulf of Mexico. Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune blogs about how clean-energy sources like wind and solar can help wild creatures like sea turtles -- and points us to an action we can take right now to keep some leatherback sea turtles from losing their nesting sites.
Be an Eco Hero and Win a Caribbean Vacation
Earth Day (April 22) is a time to reflect on what each of us is doing to help the planet and consider the little things we might do differently. We've put together a few of our favorite "small things that add up to a big difference" and made it easy to add your personal pledge to our national map -- so we can all see what happens when everyone pitches in.
And to celebrate Earth Day, all of our Eco Heroes will be entered to win a free trip to Vieques Island for a five-night Caribbean vacation at the Inn on the Blue Horizon, including an excursion to the island's incredible bioluminescent bay, and a $1,000 gift certificate for some fashion-forward vacation attire from BCBG Max Azria.
Urgent: Budget Deal Would Kill Wolves
Language inserted into the budget bill that Congress will vote on this week will remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies. The fate of the gray wolf should not be bargained away in a rider attached to an unrelated funding bill. Species-specific decisions must be based on sound science -- not on politics. Tell Congress right now that you don't want them to undermine the ESA!
10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About John Muir
What bearded Sierra Club icon, choosing to go by "the wildest, leafiest, and least trodden way I could find," walked 1,000 miles from Indiana to the Gulf of Mexico? John Muir, of course, whose 174th birthday would be next week, on April 21st. Discover more Muir trivia with our ten awesome things you probably don't know about the self-described "poetico-trampo-geologist-botanist and ornithologist-naturalist."
And don't miss PBS's new American Masters program, "John Muir in the New World," premiering April 18.
School Spirit Kicks Coal off Campuses
Colleges and universities are leading the way to a post-coal world with a great big push from the Sierra Student Coalition. Students at Miami University of Ohio recently convinced the school to move beyond coal by 2016, while Western Illinois University announced that it would be decommissioning its coal plant instead of making costly upgrades to the dirty power source. The two schools are the 16th and 17th victories in our Campus Beyond Coal campaign.
Kudos for Hilton Kelley
When Hilton Kelley returned to his hometown of Port Arthur, TX, ten years ago, he discovered that the Gulf Coast city had become an industrial dumping ground and wondered why nobody was doing anything about it. And then he looked in the mirror and got to work.
Kelley founded the Community In-Power and Development Association and partnered with the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club to hold polluters accountable. Kelley trained residents to take air samples. He held rallies. He secured health care for affected families and an entrepreneurship fund to attract new businesses. His good work put an end to toxic-waste shipments from Mexico destined for a nearby incinerator.
Now this Sierra Club ally has won the 2011 Goldman Environmental Prize -- considered the Nobel Prize for environmental activists -- for his leadership in taking on some of the largest petrochemical companies in the country. He follows in the footsteps of last year's winner -- Sierra Club activist Lynn Henning -- in showing the difference one determined person can make for their community.
Win a Free Trip, Kayak, or New Paddling Gear!
Sierra magazine's Sixth Annual Paddling Sweepstakes is under way. Don't miss your chance to win a free trip from Caravan.com! Additional prizes include an AdvancedFrame sport kayak, as well as other paddling gear from NRS, SPOT, Werner, and SealLine.
Ready to explore the planet by waterway? The deadline for entries is June 30, 2011.
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