Don't Let Them Steal Your Wilderness
The "Great Outdoors Giveaway," a public lands bill currently in Congress, would take more than 50 million acres of wildlands that belong to the American people and open them up to oil, gas, mining, and timber companies for drilling, mining, and logging.
Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune blogs about this attempt to rob us of our wilderness heritage and what you can do about it.
The Bike-Hugging Tree
We've been called treehuggers and bike lovers, but we've never seen anything like this before. Decades ago, a child chained a bicycle to a tree on Washington's Vashon Island, so the legend goes. The tree, unperturbed, simply grew around the bike.
Want a bike of your own to hug? There are still a few days left to enter our commuter-bike giveaway!
Photo: Ethan Welty/Tandem
Spend a Cheap Night Out(doors)
John Muir used to set off into the mountains with little more than a blanket, some tea, and a loaf of bread (must have been a heckuva blanket). The point is, big adventures don't require a big budget.
Whether you're a starving student or just prefer to keep it simple, here's how to outfit your campsite with top-notch gear that won't break the bank.
Moving Beyond Coal -- with a Beat!
Beating Big Coal just got a whole lot funkier. DJ Steve Porter has "remixed" Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign to put a beat to the message that coal threatens everything we care about.
Coal pollution contributes to four of the five leading causes of death (heart disease, cancer, stroke, and respiratory illness) and emits nearly half of all U.S. mercury pollution, which causes developmental problems in babies and young children.
That's why Beyond Coal is remixing America's energy.
Last Man Standing
He's a modern-day environmental Wyatt Earp in one of the most polluted towns in America, where a quarter of the residents live below the poverty level and downwind from dozens of plants spewing carcinogens such as benzene, 1,3-butadiene, and styrene.
So why does Goldman Environmental Prize winner and activist Hilton Kelley refuse to give up on Port Arthur, Texas? "I really need to be here," he says. Here's why.
Photo: Matthew Turley
Ready for the Best Summer on Earth?
If you're a college student, or if you know a college student, or even if you know someone who knows a college student, watch and bookmark this exuberant final videoblog from Sierra Club Outdoors Youth Ambassador Kokei Otosi.
Unless, of course, you don't think that an all-expenses-paid summer internship filled with rafting, hiking, and backpacking sounds like your cup of cappuccino. Because before you know it, we'll be taking applications for 2012's Best Internship on Earth. (Non-thrill-seekers need not apply.)
Save Money with a New Sierra Club Benefit
The Hartford has teamed up with the Sierra Club to launch a new benefit for Sierra Club members and supporters to protect what's important to you.
As a leading insurance provider, The Hartford believes responsible individuals deserve better insurance. The company has designed an auto and homeowners insurance program that rewards Sierra Club members for their sensible lifestyles.
The auto program, for example, has special rates and innovative features like a discount for hybrid cars.
(Program availability and features vary by state.)
Learn more about the program and try the free, online auto quote service.
We're Proud to Sponsor SXSW Eco
SXSW Eco -- a new event that's happening in Austin, TX, Oct. 4-6 -- will offer diverse programming that takes a fresh look at environmental and sustainability issues.
Attendees can develop new collaborations and contribute to innovative solutions to the challenges facing the environment, the economy, and civil society.
Visit sxsweco.com to see the speakers and the schedule, and if you email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention the Sierra Club, you'll get a coupon for $200 off your registration!