Make History on November 6
We're about to ask you to do something extraordinary. Something world changing. Something righteous. Something to use up those frequent-flier miles.
On November 6, meet us in Washington, D.C., to join hands in a ring around the White House. Together, thousands of us will send President Obama a message he might overlook on his Blackberry: We want clean energy. Tar sands oil is not in our national interest. And the Keystone XL pipeline must never get a presidential permit.
The closer you look at the Keystone XL boondoggle and its wealthy corporate backers, the worse the whole thing smells. In Texas, the Sierra Club and the Tea Party actually allied to oppose it.
Seriously, it's now or never: Either we stop this pipeline and the environmental catastrophes that come with it, or we live with the consequences. Don't miss your chance to make history. Come help us stop the Keystone XL (and bring a sweater -- D.C. can be nippy in November).
How to Make a Moonscape
Still not convinced we must stop tar sands oil? Check out these shocking photos.
The tar sands surface mines of Alberta have already transformed more than 160 square miles of wetlands and boreal forest into a post-apocalyptic moonscape and are among the most destructive industrial projects in human history. See for yourself and then start packing!
Photo: Garth Lenz
The Day of 7 Billion (And We're Not Talking Burgers)
In less than a week, the world's population will officially hit 7 billion humans. Take a deep breath. OK, what can one person out of 7,000,000,000 do in the face of such overwhelming growth?
Simple: Help the Sierra Club's Global Population and Environment Program promote a just and sustainable world. And you won't be alone: Your donation will be matched by a generous donor -- up to a total of $50,000.
Your contribution will augment our efforts to slow population growth by increasing access to voluntary family planning services. Your gift, along with efforts to reduce wasteful consumption, will also help to tackle environmental challenges including biodiversity loss, deforestation, climate change, and the depletion of natural resources like fresh water.
Big Victory on the Roadless Rule
The 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule was the product of the most comprehensive rulemaking process in U.S. history, with more than 2 million comments from citizens, hundreds of public hearings, and a detailed environmental review. Naturally, the rule came under relentless attack by logging and resource-extraction interests, some states, and the Bush administration.
Last week, though, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a long-awaited, landmark decision that upholds the Roadless Rule and secures critical legal protections for nearly 50 million acres of pristine National Forest lands.
"Roadless areas are valuable and irreplaceable places for hikers, campers, hunters, anglers, and families. They protect our water supplies. They provide room for wildlife to live and raise their young. And they will be increasingly important as safe havens for plants and animals in the face of climate change," said Frances Hunt, director of the Sierra Club's Resilient Habitats Campaign.
Rock Climbing While Pregnant?
For rock climber and second-time mom Carrie Cooper, continuing to climb during her pregnancy seemed as natural as swimming or hiking -- and it helped maintain her balance and agility and ease the stiffness in her joints. "It ended up aiding my pregnancy," says Cooper. "If you have something you love, it's only natural to continue to do it, as long as it's a healthy pursuit."
See for yourself as Carrie scales a cliff at 39 weeks.
A Ray of Hope -- Every Day
Do you occasionally wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Inoculate yourself from pessimism with a daily dose of hope in your inbox!
The Sierra Club's Daily Ray of Hope email offers a striking nature photo and some accompanying words to live by every weekday. Where do the images come from? People like you!
Add your favorite nature shots to our Daily Ray group on Flickr, and spread a little hope around.