December 11, 2012
º Imagine There's No Fracking...
º Stock Up on Stuffers!
º 10 DIY Gifts for the Family
º Nine Reasons to Feel Hopeful
º Help Stop the Wolf Slaughter
Give the Gift of Adventure
Still looking for that perfect holiday gift? Consider presenting your special someone with a Sierra Club Outings gift certificate
, good toward any of our unique and affordable adventures.
Better yet, keep an eye out for our full list of 2013 trips -- including more than 300 unique and affordable options -- which will be ready for reservations Monday, December 17
. Whether you're seeking lodge-based family outings, rugged backpack journeys, or something in-between, you can be sure to find it right here.
Until then, browse the more than 150 current adventures on our brand new website at Sierra Club Outings
10 DIY Gifts for the Family
Feeling overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping? Making gifts for your family is a whole lot more fun and more personal. Not to mention all the green you'll save, monetarily and environmentally speaking. Whether you're a master crafter or a newbie, check out our list of homemade gifts
that will put a smile on anyone's face.
Photo: Lori Eanes
Help Stop the Wolf Slaughter
Last Thursday, Yellowstone National Park lost an iconic wolf, the female alpha of her pack and a loving mother. She was shot and killed by a hunter when she briefly strayed from the park.
How did this happen? Earlier this year, Wyoming's wolves lost their Endangered Species Act protection, and Wyoming announced that it would allow wolf hunting on lands bordering Yellowstone for the first time in decades.
But we're going to keep fighting for wolves, and we need your help. Join us in stopping the wolf slaughter
by donating to our work to protect wildlife like Yellowstone's wolves.
Actress Julie Benz talks with us about her involvement with Ozoshare, a new green social network.
Anna Hess, author of a new book called The Weekend Homesteader.
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We Bet You'll Love This Bike
Want to get around in style? The Sierra Club has worked with PUBLIC, a maker of European-style street bicycles, to produce a limited-edition, custom color, Sierra Club-themed bike
. Bicycles can be ordered online from publicbikes.com
and shipped "ready to ride" anywhere in the continental U.S.
If you want one, though, you'll need to order yours by December 25 -- and if you join the Sierra Club, you'll receive a 10 percent discount on your bike with promo code SIERRACLUB.
Show your eco-pride with your ride!
Two Big Cities Tackle One Big Challenge
Last week, the Sierra Club took part in landmark climate change events in the nation's two largest cities
. In New York, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune shared the podium with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Vice-President Al Gore in a discussion about how climate change and Superstorm Sandy are reshaping New York City's future.
In Los Angeles, Sierra Club President Allison Chin spoke at a press conference and signing ceremony at which Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa agreed to purchase enough solar energy from the Moapa Paiute tribe's planned solar project in Nevada to power over 100,000 L.A. homes.
Read more about how the country's two biggest burgs are combatting climate disruption
Imagine There's No Fracking...
Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, and Artists Against Fracking took out a full-page ad
in the December 10 New York Times
calling on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to ban fracking and "give clean energy a chance."
The print ad, which features the Sierra Club logo, includes a Twitter handle and hashtag for contacting Governor Cuomo, and the online version includes a petition for people to tell the governor, "Please don't frack New York
Earlier this fall, Ono and Lennon paid for a huge "Imagine there's no fracking..." billboard on a major New York City expressway.
Nine Reasons to Feel Hopeful
As we look back at 2012, we're reminded of how many times we have looked to the natural world for rejuvenation. The contributors to the Daily Ray of Hope e-newsletter
know that a beautiful nature photograph has the power to brighten any day.
To celebrate a year in fabulous photos, we've compiled the 2012 Highlights slideshow
. We hope these images will inspire you to keep exploring the outdoors... and bring your camera.
Photo: Ronnie Goyette
Tell Us What You're Doing to Protect the PlanetOn December 6, the mayors of Los Angeles and New York both talked about visionary ways to address climate disruption. But across the nation, thousands of us are already doing our part to protect the planet.
Check out this interactive map showcasing what Americans are doing in their cities, schools, and neighborhoods -- and while you’re there, add your own efforts!
Stock Up on Stuffers!
This year, support the Sierra Club when you shop for stocking stuffers! For the outdoor enthusiast or everyday explorer, we have Sierra Club socks
made in the U.S. from recycled and organic cotton. Or consider pampering family and friends with lotions, lip-balms and other natural health and home products from Pharmaca
, and the Sierra Club will receive a portion of the proceeds. Join the Sierra Club today to receive members-only offers on these and other products.
Check out all your member benefits here
Spokane Speaks Out Against Coal Exports
Eight hundred people turned out in Spokane to one of seven public hearings being held across Washington State to get community input on coal-export terminals proposed for the Washington and Oregon coasts.
More than 60 trains a day carrying coal in open cars will pass through Spokane's neighborhoods if the terminals are built. Spokane residents gave the terminals and coal trains a resounding thumbs-down.
"You kicked butt!
" a Spokane city councilman told the local Sierra Club organizer after the hearing. Seattle, Portland, and a growing number of Pacific Northwest cities have passed resolutions opposing the coal-export boondoggle.