Climate Change Hits Home
Ten days ago, for the first time since Hurricane Sandy hit, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune visited the beachfront community in New Jersey where he grew up. The damage was so extensive that the area is closed off and there is still no power or clean water. Brune's family and their neighbors were allowed to enter the barrier island for just seven hours.
Visit our new website, Climate Comes Home, to read what he and others had to say and see the devastation.
Photo: Julie Dermansky
Sierra Club President Allison Chin joined 3,000 other activists on November 18 for a march on the White House and a rally at Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. Chin and others -- including 350.org founder Bill McKibben -- called on President Obama to stop tar sands development, reject the Keystone XL pipeline, and promote clean energy solutions to combat the climate crisis.
"Will America be the victim of climate disruption, or will we be the hero of a clean energy revolution?" Chin asked. "I choose the revolution!"
Up On the Farm
Is it possible to reside in a crowded city and still eat like you live in the country? In the Big Apple, a food revolution has taken root: New York City has more urban farms and community gardens than any other American city.
We compare two different models for rooftop agriculture to get the dirt on homegrown, hyper-local food.
Photo: JJ Sulin
What is Craigslist founder Craig Newmark doing hanging out with the Sierra Club? Newmark's "craigconnects" program and the Sierra Club's Military Outdoors program share a focus on serving returning veterans, military members, and their families.
Join our Google Hangout on December 7, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, where Newmark and the Sierra Club will discuss the military community, technology, the outdoors, and how we can help veterans.
Huge Victory for Our Mountains
One can only imagine what John Muir would have thought of mountaintop removal coal mining. But he'd certainly have celebrated this month’s announcement that the Patriot Coal Corporation has entered into an agreement with the Sierra Club and other environmental groups to end its involvement in this destructive practice.
But other coal companies are moving forward with plans to blow the tops off mountains and bury streams all across Appalachia. Send a message to the EPA, letting them know that protecting Appalachia from destructive coal mining should be a top priority for the next Obama administration.
Soccket to Me
Kids in the developing world can play soccer during the day, and use the energy stored in the ball to power an LED lamp when the sun goes down. After getting kicked around for 30 minutes, the Soccket can power an LED lamp for three hours.
We talk with inventor Jessica O. Matthews about how this game-changing ball works and what it means for people who rely on polluting kerosene lights. "People think serious issues require serious solutions," says Matthews. "I think play can be used to provide tangible things to people who need them."
Photo: Natalie Brasington
Save 20% at Eastern Mountain Sports
Whether you're planning to hit the ski slopes, catch some air on a sled ride, or glide on your pond skates, Sierra Club members can save 20 percent when gearing up for winter fun at Eastern Mountain Sports. Use your discount on one full-price item every time you shop for yourself, a friend, or family member this holiday season... and whatever you do, stay warm!
Find out about your new member benefits and how to use your discount at EMS.