The Best Viral Enviro Videos Ever
With hundreds of millions of videos on YouTube, picking the very best ones in honor of Earth Day
was a daunting task, but Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune was up to the challenge. His picks ranged from inspiring to infuriating to funny to infuriatingly funny.
Breathtaking aurora borealis
? Check. Aussie bird that sounds like a chain saw
? Check. Cute baby animals
and underdressed coal-fightin' college kids
? Check -- and check it out!
10,000 Young People for Clean Energy
An estimated 10,000 young activists
from around the country, including members of the Sierra Student Coalition (SSC), converged on Washington, D.C., last week for the third biannual Power Shift
, a three-day clean-energy and climate summit.
Some activists, including SSC's Kim Teplitzky, got a chance to lobby President Obama on clean energy firsthand when he made a surprise appearance
at their meeting with administration officials.
Down to the Final 10
Tough as it was, we've narrowed it to ten finalists for The Best Internship on Earth
-- based on their inspired, passionate, and creative video applications. Check out the hopefuls
and let us know who you think should be our next Outdoor Youth Ambassador.
iMatter Marches for Mother's Day
Think the college students at Power Shift are young? Alec Loorz, age 16, started Kids vs Global Warming four years ago after seeing An Inconvenient Truth
. Now he's heading up the iMatter March
(scheduled for Mothers Day), to "let the world know that climate change is a moral issue." Thousands of young people will lead events from New York to China, Alaska to London. Learn more about iMatter
(the Sierra Club is a partner) and how you -- or a young person you know -- can get involved.
Sierra Club in the News
Last week, on the one-year anniversary of the BP oil disaster, Sierra Club President Robin Mann spoke at a sunrise memorial
to remember the eleven men who died in the tragedy and to call for national support for recovery efforts in Louisiana and the Gulf... On Earth Day, Executive Director Michael Brune had an op-ed in The Hill
and helped dedicate a new solar-panel plant in California
with his daughter...Time
magazine's Bryan Walsh wrote about the Club's mercury-testing program and revealed that his own levels were "double the safety limit
Every Week: One Small Thing
Have you made an Eco Hero pledge
yet for our 2011 Earth Day sweepstakes? There's still time to do so and be entered to win a trip to the Caribbean
. But don't stop there. In the spirit of tiny things that add up, every week we'll post "One Small Thing" that you can easily do to cut down your carbon. If enough of us pitch in, all those small things will turn into a big deal.
Check Compass each Friday for a new small thing
, or "like" the Sierra Club on Facebook
and watch for it there.
We Can Do Better for Our Forests
The Obama administration is updating the guidelines for managing our national forests, but their draft is missing key environmental components. We need to strengthen the rules
that affect climate-disruption management, including tougher standards for conserving and managing fish and wildlife in a rapidly and sometimes dramatically changing environment.Please ask the U.S. Forest Service to better protect our forests from climate disruption
Sympathy for the Devils
Through the ages, the fierce Tasmanian devil has had a tough go of it
. First, it disappeared from mainland Australia (probably killed off by dingoes) to live an isolated existence on its namesake island south of the continent. Then Tasmanian sheepherders, seeing a threat to their livelihood, nearly killed off the species.
And now a new threat -- a strange infectious cancer called devil face tumor disease -- may be on the verge of killing off the 2,000 devils that remain in the wild. The good news, as reported in the latest issue of Sierra
, is that a solution may be at hand
Spread the Word about Fracking
A natural gas company asked filmmaker Josh Fox to lease his land for drilling and the result was Gasland
. This absorbing, Academy-award nominated documentary follows Fox on a cross-country odyssey exposing the dangers of the natural gas extraction method called hydraulic fracturing.
We invite you to hold a house party and help educate your friends and family about the dangers of fracking. Sign up to host a screening
and we'll send you a copy of the DVD as well as a handy guide for planning a successful party. Or, if you're not able to host, search for a party in your neighborhood
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