Editor's note: The Insider team has decided to send out the newsletter on schedule today, but we cannot do so without first acknowledging the tragedy in Boston, which is paramount in our hearts and minds today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the great, proud city of Boston.
Video: Another Tar Sands Disaster
ExxonMobil is doing everything it can to deflect attention from Mayflower, Arkansas, ever since the company's pipeline spill on March 29 spewed 85,000 gallons of tar sands crude into the community. The company even managed to get a no-fly zone established over the town. But it's not managing to hide the truth: tar sand pipelines are disasters waiting to happen. Watch this video of tar sands crude flowing through the streets of Mayflower. The public comment period on the far more massive Keystone XL tar sands pipeline ends April 22.
Tell President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry to reject Keystone XL!
The Sierra Club is hosting hundreds of events around the country to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet this Earth Month, from service trips to art walks to tree-plantings to tours of nature preserves to fishing, backpacking, and biking trips. You can also attend conferences, seminars, potlucks, coffeehouse get-togethers, film screenings, and more.
Join a GET OUT event near you or start your own.
Don't Frack with California
The Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity won a landmark victory on April 8 when a federal judge ruled that federal authorities broke the law when they failed to consider the environmental impacts of fracking before they leased 2,700 acres of public land in Monterey and Fresno counties to oil and gas drillers. "The court recognized that fracking is different from the oil and gas development that California has known thus far," said Sierra Club attorney Nathan Matthews. "Fracking and modern unconventional production have changed the game."
Ask President Obama to protect our public lands and communities from fracking.
Photo by EcoFlight
No More Deepwater Horizons
Three years ago this week, one of the worst environmental disasters in our nation's history occurred when an explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 people and gushed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. But despite numerous recent disasters -- from Shell's rig running ashore in Alaska to ExxonMobil's pipeline spill in Arkansas last month -- Big Oil wants to double down on more dangerous drilling in the Arctic and off our coasts, as well as build the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
Tell President Obama we need to protect our communities, coasts, and public lands from dangerous oil and gas drilling and spills.
Photo by Julie Dermansky
Four of the World's Most Magical Treehouse Hotels
Who wouldn't want to sleep in a tree? These arboreal abodes will delight your inner child and ignite your sense of adventure. Whether you're planning your next vacation or simply dreaming about the outdoors, you'll want to check out our photos of gorgeous treehouses. Which one is your favorite?
Going Once... Going Twice...
Want to get a private demo with skateboard legend Tony Hawk? Hang out with singer-songwriter Jason Mraz at the America's Cup sailboat race? Take a hike on Kauai with actress Evangeline Lilly? Or would tea with model and television host Elle Macpherson be more your... well, cup of tea? Those are just four of the activities on offer as part of the Sierra Club's GET OUT campaign for Earth Month. Through April 28, you can bid on items and experiences donated by celebrity supporters exclusively on eBay, and all proceeds support the Sierra Club Foundation.
Place your bid now.
Chicago Mom Wins Goldman Prize
Kimberly Wasserman, a 35-year-old mother of three from Chicago, is the North American recipient of the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize, the world's largest prize honoring grassroots environmental activists. A Chicana born and raised less than a mile from the dirty, aging Crawford coal plant, Wasserman spent 15 years organizing her community, helping create the Chicago Clean Power Coalition -- of which the Sierra Club is a member -- and advocating for Crawford and the nearby Fisk coal plant to be retired. Her efforts were rewarded when both plants ceased operations in the fall of 2012.
Read more about this local hero.
Photo by the Goldman Environmental Prize
Keep Yosemite Wild
Yosemite is one of the Sierra Club's greatest legacies and a beloved and world-renowned wild place. But the future of this American treasure is at risk. The National Park Service is drafting a plan that will restore and protect the park after years of vehicle congestion and poorly planned development. But anti-environmental factions who want to see more development in Yosemite are fighting back. The public comment period on the new management plan ends this Thursday, April 18.
Tell the National Park Service to protect and restore the Yosemite Valley and the Merced wild and scenic river.
Rolling Stone Tips Hat to Brune
Rolling Stone magazine has named Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune as one of its New Green Heroes, characterizing him as a "sober, strategic environmentalist" who has made his mark mixing antagonistic direct action and good faith negotiation. "Confrontation combined with a commitment to find solutions can be transformative," Brune told the magazine after zip-tying himself to the White House gates to provoke President Obama to aggressively confront the climate crisis. "People can take action as consumers and voters. They can take action through civil disobedience. What we want is for people to be a part of this movement and do something."
Club Is on White House Radar
The Sierra Club made its presence known at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue last week. Second Lady Jill Biden promoted the Month of the Military Child on the White House blog, citing the Sierra Club's role in sponsoring the Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors and linking (twice) to our website. Three days later, New Jersey Chapter volunteer leader Gregory Auriemma was honored by the White House as a "Champion of Change," prompting a shout-out from fellow Jersey Shore native Michael Brune.
Bruce Nilles, senior director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign, talks about the nation's transition to clean energy.
Avital Andrews, green lifestyle editor at Sierra
magazine, on eco-friendly reusable bottles.
Steven Vogel, author of The Life of a Leaf
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