My Life as a Dumpster Diver
Some people scavenge food from the trash not because they need to, but because they hate to see so much go to waste. In this Sierra magazine feature, Pennsylvania college student Natalya Savka reveals the keys to successful diving:
"The first secret is to locate the handful of supermarkets, bakeries, and creameries in town that contribute most to the 25 to 40 percent of food that goes to waste in the United States," she writes. "The second secret: Always bring a flashlight."
A strong stomach also helps. And be ready to run.
Photo: Scott Goldsmith
You're Hired: Clean Energy Jobs Take Off
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune praises President Obama for his jobs speech last week and his "plan to put Americans back to work and renew our nation's role as a global leader in innovation."
The challenge the president faces now, says Brune in his Coming Clean blog, is to "stand up to the fossil-fuel industry and its supporters in Congress who are misleading the American public by insisting that regulation kills jobs, and that a clean energy future isn't viable."
The opposite is true. A recent Brookings Institute report that found the clean-energy economy employs 2.7 million American workers across a diverse group of industries — greater than the number of people employed by the entire fossil-fuel industry — and that clean tech has outperformed the national rate of job creation during the recession.
Move Your Planet
September 24 is the Moving Planet Day of Action — a worldwide rally to move us beyond fossil fuels and to demand solutions to climate disruption. The Sierra Club has joined 350.org in organizing bike rides, parades, work parties, and more. There's even a unicycle race in Oregon.
Visit our map to find an event near you — and dust off your bike, scooter, or pogo stick — and join this global effort to solve the climate crisis.
The Bicycle: The Art of Mobility
It is the nature of a beautiful object to inspire obsession. The bicycle — a practical, relatively simple machine — has been re-imagined by countless enthusiasts over the years, cleverly crafted to fill nearly every imaginable niche and purpose.
For a bike lover, the bicycle is much more than a way to get from A to B. It is a statement about the world. A beloved friend. A work of art.
Sierra magazine has collected some of its favorite bicycle images from bike enthusiast Michael Embacher's recent book Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design (Chronicle Books) in a slideshow-ode to the bicycle.
Photo: Bernhard Angerer
Serve Outdoors This September
In the spirit of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Sierra Club volunteers and supporters are joining other Americans this month by serving outdoors to honor those who serve our country.
This is the Club's second annual Serve Outdoors initiative, a celebration of our national heritage that also helps build a healthier environment for future generations. Watch our video and find an event near you.
Last year, Club members participated in more than 100 Serve Outdoors events, like this sea oat planting at Fort De Soto Park in Florida.
Photo: Tampa Bay Group member Marcia Biggs
Bye, Bye Miss American Pie: We Drove Our Chevy (Aveo) to the Levee Wall
In the past decade, hundreds of miles of walls and fences have been constructed along the U.S.-Mexico border, slicing across wilderness areas and people's backyards. Utah Congressman Rob Bishop is proposing something even more invasive — H.R. 1505, which would waive environmental laws within 100 miles of all U.S. borders and coastlines.
Help the Borderlands Team fight back by urging your member of Congress to oppose this outrageous bill. And check out the team's slide show and reports from their recent visit to the border wall in Texas.
Photo: Italia Millan
Party Like It's 2012
Who's that knocking on the door? It's 2012!
With the dog days of summer behind us and the holidays approaching, it's time to treat yourself to some beautiful photography by ordering a Sierra Club Wilderness Calendar.