Kick the Oil Addiction, Not the Can
The Senate has already passed a bipartisan transportation bill to help our country kick its oil addiction. But some in the House would rather kick the oil can down the road.
As the Senate and House draft a compromise, congressional supporters of big polluters are trying to tack on dangerous projects, like the Keystone XL pipeline.
Tell Congress to put American families first and pass a strong clean-transportation bill that will finally address our oil addiction.
Activist Farmer on a Roll
On Earth Day weekend, Michigan family farmer and Sierra Club activist Lynn Henning was honored as a 2012 Planet Defender and appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher.
A 2010 winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize, Henning is also featured in the new film Last Call at the Oasis -- opening nationally on May 5 -- about how the global water crisis will be the central issue worldwide in the century ahead.
Read more about this fightin' farmer and hear what she had to say on Real Time.
Photo by Tom Dusenbury
Win a Free Adventure Trip to Tasmania
If you haven't already entered your name in Sierra magazine's Paddling Sweepstakes, time is of the essence.
You could find yourself traveling to Tasmania for a six-day walking, cycling, and kayaking tour. Plus, you'll be decked out with new gear from NRS, MRS, or Werner paddles. But you can't win if you don't enter!
Enter by June 30.
The Swamp Man
Dean Wilson survived in southern Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin for months by catching swamp critters for food, but this rugged outdoorsman has a soft spot for trees.
When he found out that loggers were clear-cutting thousands of acres of cypress trees to make mulch for flower gardens, he says, that was the last straw.
Find out what he did about it, and why he still sleeps with a gun.
Photo by Jeffrey Dubinsky
Sportsmen's Heritage Attack
Opening millions of acres of open space to motor vehicle use, handing over vast areas of wilderness to drillers and loggers, banning the president from designating national monuments -- do these ideas sound like legislation that benefits sportsmen? Of course not. Yet the House of Representatives has just passed the so-called Sportsmen's Heritage Act, which would do all of these.
Fortunately, it's not too late to stop this disastrous legislation, which now goes to the Senate. "This is not a bill that defends sportsmen's rights," Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune says. "In reality, it sells them down the river."
Tell your senators that we can't afford to let one reckless Congress destroy our wilderness heritage.
Announcing Our 2012 Best Intern
The Sierra Club is thrilled to announce the 2012 Outdoor Youth Ambassador for the third annual Best Internship on Earth. Competition was tough this year, but Joaquin Sosa from New York was an extraordinary candidate with his enthusiasm for the outdoors and creative approach to storytelling.
Joaquin recently completed his third year at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he's studying digital media and photography. Watch his video.
Dust in the Wind
Over three days, often in record heat, Native Americans led a 50-mile march to draw attention to the devastating effects of coal pollution on their community.
Toxic coal dust from southern Nevada's last coal-burning power plant blows across tribal lands and up to pristine areas like the Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks.
But now the Moapa Paiutes are working on a clean 350-megawatt solution.
Perfect for Mother's Day!
Purchase the acclaimed new edition of Sierra Club Books' Edible Landscaping, by Rosalind Creasy, from our online store and receive a handy canvas garden tote (a $16.99 value) as a gift.
Just enter code MOM2012 at checkout.
Repurpose: Key Rack from Old Keys
Ever find mystery keys stashed in a catch-all drawer or the pocket of a seldom-worn coat? Once, these keys unlocked the door of an old apartment, a long-lost bike lock, or a worn cabinet that's now at Goodwill. Now they're useless, right?
Nope. Turn these once-precious artifacts into a one-of-a-kind holder for your current set of important keys.
Photo by Lori Eanes