De-Gassing the Soft Drink Biz
Tell Big Oil to Put Kids' Health Before Profits
When a child walks to the school bus stop, she should be thinking about her upcoming math quiz or playing kickball with her friends at recess, not about whether she forgot her inhaler again. Unfortunately, millions of American kids suffer from asthma and other health problems exacerbated by vehicle pollution.
The EPA has proposed cleaner tailpipe standards that would lower the sulfur content in gasoline, reduce air pollution, save lives, and create jobs through new technology. But Big Oil doesn't want to spend that extra penny per gallon. They want to put their profits ahead of our public health.
Stand up for kids and clean air and submit your official comment to the EPA supporting cleaner tailpipe standards.
How Rachel Carson Are You?
How much do you have in common with the mother of the environmental movement?
Take our fun quiz to learn more about the iconic activist and Silent Spring author, then tell us in the comments how you measure up. You might find some surprising similarities!
Take a Stand on the Sand
Three years after the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history, the BP Deep Horizon blowout and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, we're still dependent on dirty fossil fuels. If we are serious about fighting climate change, we must keep offshore oil, tar sands oil, gas, and coal in the ground instead of extracting, refining, and burning them, polluting our air, soil, and water. For the past three years, Sierra Club members have helped organized Hands Across the Sand -- the world's biggest grassroots stand against dependence on dirty fuels and for ending climate change.
Find out where to join hands at your local Hands Across the Sand event at noon this Saturday, May 18.
Repurpose: DIY Umbrella Tote Bag
Wondering what to do with that broken umbrella? Turn it into a one-of-a-kind tote bag! Follow our easy step-by-step instructions to make your own weatherproof shopping satchel.
Photo: Lori Eanes
Paddlin' to Paradise
What better way to explore and enjoy the planet than on a river, lake, or bay in a human-powered watercraft? Thanks to the support of several premium paddling companies, an incredible outdoor adventure could await you! Simply enter Sierra magazine's 2013 Annual Paddling Sweepstakes. Prizes include an Ally Canoe and an Eco Adventure for two from EvergladesAreaTours.com.
Sweepstakes ends July 1, 2013. Enter now!
Leapfrogging to Clean Energy
More than 1.3 billion people worldwide live without access to electricity. Solar crowdfunding through Sierra Club partners like SunFunder aggregates small "crowdsourced" loans to finance clean-energy entrepreneurs and projects -- like SunFunder's new project with Fenix International that will provide 375 villagers in Uganda with solar power. Deploying this clean energy will generate over $100,000 in village income over the next three years, while eliminating 37 tons of CO2.
Watch a video about this project and learn how you can get involved.
Go Far (and Away!)
Seen enough of the States? Perhaps it's time to consider a visit to the unknown with Sierra Club Outings. View exotic birds and beasts in Africa, stroll through ripening vineyards and charming villages in Italy, or uncover ancient Mayan secrets in Guatemala and Honduras. We've got these and 75 more international itineraries to choose from, including Asia and South America, plus our latest trips for 2014.
Got a specific destination or date in mind? Visit our advanced search page to find the trip that's right for you.
Thank Leaders for Standing Up Against Anti-Climate Stance!
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is bankrolling political ads that push dangerous and dirty projects like the Keystone XL pipeline and drilling in America's pristine Arctic Refuge. Together, we've been pressuring them to drop their divisive and cynical tactics. Now Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors, and David Sacks, Microsoft VP, have quit Zuckerberg's FWD.us over its anti-climate ads.
Help us send them a big thank you card by signing it right now on Facebook.
And the Winners Are...
The Sierra Club's 2013 Outdoor Youth Ambassadors -- winners of the competition for the 4th annual Best Internship on Earth -- are Daniel Cespedes of Corvallis, OR, and Izzy Weisz of Claremont, CA. Daniel studies visual storytelling at Oregon State University, while Izzy is an environmental policy major at Pitzer College in Southern California. The two will hit the road in June to tell stories from Sierra Club outings and events, with Daniel behind the camera and Izzy as the onscreen personality.
Check out the videos that landed them the Best Internship on Earth and follow their high-adrenaline adventures this summer at sierraclub.org/bestinternship.