Protection for Chimney Rock
Kudos to President Obama -- and all the citizen activists who made their voices heard -- for designating the new Chimney Rock National Monument in Colorado on September 21.
Chimney Rock has been a spiritually, economically, and culturally significant site for more than 1,000 years. Yet until now, Chimney Rock lacked any protective designation to provide permanent support and protection of its sites and resources.
A recent economic study showed that Chimney Rock’s national monument status will double the economic benefits to the region within five years.
Nine Must-See Natural Rock Formations
Much of our planet's surface is exposed rock. Some rock formations have changed little over the years, while others have been drastically altered to reveal a timeline of earth's physical history. Here are some of our all-time favorites and a few unique destinations you might not have heard of before.
Take a cross-country trip through the United States to hike, climb, or photograph these amazing natural rock formations. They will remind just how small we all are, and just how astonishingly large the world really is. How many of these unique locations have you visited?
Closed to Coal
Big Coal was licking its wounds after three municipalities in Oregon, including Portland, demanded a full environmental review of proposals that would send countless coal trains through communities and onto ships for export. Portland joins Seattle and a growing number of Pacific Northwest communities in opposing construction of new coal export terminals on the coast.
"The idea that we're working hard to get off coal and then some guys come here who want to send coal through the Columbia River Gorge in open trains is crazy," said Howard Shapiro, a volunteer with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign.
Two Energizing Reads for the Fall
In Rooftop Revolution, Sungevity founder Danny Kennedy reveals the truth that the fossil fuel public relations machine doesn’t want us to know: The ascent of solar is already upon us. Solar-generated electricity has risen exponentially and employment in the solar industry has doubled since 2009.
Law professor and NRDC co-founder James Gustave Speth identifies a dozen key features of the United States' "basic operating system" in his new book, America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy, and envisions a sustainable -- and plausible -- future for our country, laying out a compelling case for "system change, not climate change."
Climbing for Unity
On September 11, four groups of veterans undertook mountaineering ascents of four summits to commemorate 9/11, in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Colorado's San Juans, Wyoming’s Tetons, and Washington’s North Cascades.
The expeditions were co-sponsored by the Sierra Club's Mission Outdoors program. Shenandoah Sanchez, a Marine for nearly 20 years, had spent many nights outdoors, "extreme and otherwise," but had never undertaken the challenge of climbing a mountain. Find out why he finally did, and what the experience taught him. And follow Mission Outdoors on Facebook.
Silent Spring Turns 50
A global effort to protect the environment was sparked 50 years ago last week, on September 27, 1962, by the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. When Carson died two years later at the age of 56, she left a substantial bequest to the Sierra Club, including royalties from future sales of Silent Spring.
Her legacy also led the Sierra Club to create the Rachel Carson Society, designed to honor and recognize individuals who make a commitment to the environment by including the Sierra Club or the Sierra Club Foundation in their estate plans. Find out how you can help continue Carson's legacy.
Spoil No More: 4 Tricks to Keep Fruit and Veggies Fresh
Keep finding that your fruits have gotten wrinkled and your veggies moldy?
Learn these easy, natural tricks to extend the shelf life of berries, avocados, apples, and asparagus.