|March 19, 2013
º Landscaping You Can Eat
º Be a Kid (Again!)
º The Art of a Tree
º DIY Wind Chime
º Keep Keystone XL and Coal Out of the Budget
Be a Kid (Again!)
Family trips offer everyone -- kids, parents, and grandparents, too -- a chance to embrace the simple pleasures of nature. Hike to scenic lookouts, swim and paddle lakes and rivers, or learn something new.
Raft, kayak, and swim
along Oregon's remote and scenic Rogue River, trek the Grand Tetons
in the company of friendly llamas, enjoy a multisport family sampler
in Pennsylvania's Ohiopyle State Park, or hike and help with conservation projects
in California's Marin County.
Looking for something else? Select from over 150 more adventures at Sierra Club Outings
DIY Wind Chime
Learn how to turn old spoons into musical guppies. Follow our step-by-step instructions
to create your own silverware fish chime.
Photo: Lori Eanes
Keep Keystone XL and Coal Out of the Budget
Big Oil and Big Coal's allies in Washington, D.C., are at it again, trying to attach several anti-environmental amendments to the Senate budget bill this week, including approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and Arctic drilling.
Votes could start as early as today, so it's critical that citizens and activists like you start flooding Senate inboxes right away. Send an email before the votes begin, and demand that Congress pass a clean budget
Aja Volkman, lead singer from the band Nico Vega
Jasmine Ruddy, a sophomore
at the University of North Carolina, on the student campaign to divest from coal
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The Best Internship on Earth
Do you have a passion for the environment? Love spending time outside? Enjoy telling your friends about your adventures? Do you want to have the Best Internship on Earth
This summer, two young adults will travel around the country with the Sierra Club's activist and outings programs and video blog their experiences. They'll also receive $1,000 gift cards from primary sponsor The North Face. Submit your video application by April 9
, then share it with your friends and family. The top five videos with the most comments will receive a Sierra Club swag bag with a surprise from The North Face.
L.A. to Coal -- You're Outta Here!
Since Mayor Villaraigosa announced in 2009 his bold goal to get Los Angeles off coal, thousands of Angelenos -- regular people from all walks of life -- have joined the L.A. Beyond Coal campaign in calling for the city's transition from dirty coal to clean energy.
We are nearing the finish line and want you to have a front row seat to a major announcement about Los Angeles' transition away from coal. You don't even have to leave your office or living room to do so.
RSVP now for the livestream of this major announcement on Friday, March 22, at 10:00 AM
, about the future of coal in Los Angeles. This will be big so you won't want to miss it!
Landscaping You Can Eat
Spring has almost sprung -- it's time to start planning and planting your garden. You'll find a wealth of information and inspiration in Sierra Club Books' Edible Landscaping
, by gardening expert Rosalind Creasy.
Order your copy from the Sierra Club's online store
in the next 48 hours and receive a handy canvas garden tote -- a $16.99 value
-- as our gift.
Winds of Change in Maryland
After three years of pushing to harness Maryland's most abundant natural resource, yesterday the Sierra Club and its allies celebrated passage of the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013.
Its passage will help develop a 200-megawatt wind project off the coast of Ocean City, create more than 1,000 jobs, and spur wind projects in Maryland and throughout the region, creating a significant new sustainable industry for Maryland workers.
"Victories like this can only happen with a strong, dedicated team and awesome allies
," says Club organizer Chris Hill.
The Art of a Tree
Could you think of 365 different ways to photograph a single tree? For an entire year, professional photographer Mark Hirsch has documented the life of an ancient bur oak, a solitary sentry surrounded by Wisconsin cornfields.
He came to appreciate the old tree's sweeping boughs, its sturdy leaves, and the tiny insects that clung to the rough bark. The photographs are beautiful, surprising, dramatic, and playful -- and they all were taken with an iPhone.
Check out our slideshow of Hirsch's photos
and let us know in the comments which images you like best. We hope you'll be inspired to embark on your own photography project!
Photo: Mark Hirsch
A Clean-Air Champion at EPA
As head of the EPA's clean air division, Gina McCarthy fought to get strong clean-air safeguards and historic vehicle standards across the finish line, and she was instrumental in placing emissions limits on new power plants and requiring better fuel efficiency for American-made vehicles.
By nominating McCarthy to be the next EPA administrator, the President Obama is demonstrating that he understands just how vital the job truly is, and that he's ready to make good on his promise to take bold action against climate disruption.
Please thank President Obama for nominating Gina McCarthy
Looking for new ways to be green in 2013? Here's one that could also help you save money. Consider auto insurance from The Hartford
, a company Newsweek ranked the "#1 Greenest Financial Services Company" for a second consecutive year in 2012. With special rates for Sierra Club members and discounts for hybrid and electric vehicles, you could save hundreds on your auto insurance.
Learn more and request a free online auto quote
, or call 888-584-5099 for a free quote.