Meet Mr. Coal Guy
He's a billionaire coal magnate with a passion for destroying mountains, polluting the air, and creating misleading coal advertisements that would make Don Draper blush.
Mr. Coal Guy may be fictional, but we all know that the coal industry will do whatever it takes to fool people into thinking that coal is safe.
After you've seen Mr. Coal Guy's ads, don't just get mad -- get even by creating your own animated coal masterpiece with our "That's So Coal!" website.
Together, we can use a little humor to show how ridiculous Big Coal's multimillion-dollar ad campaign really is.
A Big Step for Clean Air
Last week the Environmental Protection Agency rolled out a major clean-air protection that will benefit both our health and our environment when it announced the first-ever safeguards against carbon pollution from new power plants.
But these are only proposed standards, not final ones. The EPA is collecting comments on its new carbon pollution standards. Let them know you support the strongest possible protections that will give us cleaner air and healthier communities.
Obama's Monumental Opportunity
In an era of partisan gridlock, when it's almost impossible to get anything done in Congress for our wild places, President Obama can still make his mark as a leader who will stand up for public lands -- by protecting some of our most special wild places as national monuments -- like Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands, at right.
National monuments aren't just good for wildlife; they're good for people, too. They give us places to camp, hike, and picnic. And they're a boon to local economies -- providing good jobs and a source of local pride.
President Obama took a step in the right direction by making Fort Monroe in Virginia a national monument -- but there's much more he could do.
April is the Month of the Military Child, and the Sierra Club helped kick things off by cohosting an outdoor celebration for hundreds of military children and their families at Prince William Forest Park in Triangle, Virginia, where kids enjoyed a day of hiking and learned how to cast a fly rod and pitch a tent.
"Military children serve too, and we've found that connecting them with the outdoors not only allows them to have fun but also gives them and their families a sense of resiliency," says Stacy Bare, the Sierra Club's Mission Outdoors Military Families and Veterans Initiative representative. "The outdoors heals."
21st-Century Johnny Appleseed
Barefoot runner Henry Sanchez Pardo is trekking from Patagonia to Alaska -- occasionally wearing a tree strapped to his back -- to raise awareness about environmental issues.
Which leg of his epic journey has been the most difficult? The answer might surprise you.
The Sock Exchange
Spring cleaning includes your sock drawer. Not sure what to do with all those worn-out mismatched socks? Why not make a dust rag, soap holder, sock dolls, or dog toys?
Gear up for getting outdoors this spring by refilling your sock drawer with eco-friendly Sierra Club socks, made in the USA from recycled materials. Check out new shades at sierraclubsocks.com and join the ranks of people who tread lightly on Mother Earth.
Rebuild the Dream
Long before Occupy Wall Street, Van Jones was making the case that investing in clean energy both protects our environment and creates a more fair and robust economy (see The Green Collar Economy).
In his new book, Rebuild the Dream, Jones lays out a plan for bottom-up, people-powered innovations that will get the U.S. economy working for all Americans. The book features a glowing foreword from Rush Limbaugh -- whoops, April 1 was two days ago.