De-Gassing the Soft Drink Biz
This week the Sierra Club launched its Future Fleet campaign to clean up corporate vehicle fleets, starting with PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, and Dr Pepper Snapple Group, which together own and operate more than 100,000 vehicles.
Oil use accounts for more than 40 percent of our climate-disrupting pollution, and the biggest customers for oil are large companies guzzling huge amounts of fuel -- including oil from tar sands refineries. By getting these three corporate fleets to prioritize fuel efficiency and get off of tar sands oil, we can reduce the demand for oil, curb emissions, increase transportation choices, and slow the development of tar sands.
Send an email to the heads of Pepsi, Coke, and Dr. Pepper and tell them to slash their oil use.
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!
Want Your Photo Seen By Millions?
As part of the Wilderness 50
coalition, on May 6 the Sierra Club, the
Smithsonian Institution, and Nature's Best Photography launched a "Wilderness Forever" photography competition. Fifty winning photos illustrating the magnificence of our nation's wilderness will be viewed by millions at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The professionally juried photo contest will run through September 3, and the winning photos will be included as part of a 2014 exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
Share your images, tell your story, and enter the contest here.
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
Celebrate Pedal Power with a Sierra Club Bike
May is National Bike Month, this week is Bike to Work Week, and this Friday, May, 17, is Bike to Work Day. And now you can enjoy human-powered exhilaration with your own limited-edition Sierra Club PUBLIC bicycle. Not only will you avoid circling the block looking for a parking space, but you'll also feel good knowing that a portion of each Sierra Club bike sale supports our mission to protect the planet. Sierra Club members save 10 percent with promo code SIERRACLUB.Order your Sierra Club PUBLIC bike now for June delivery.
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.
Confirm Gina McCarthy as EPA Administrator
Big Coal and Big Oil want to stop Gina McCarthy from becoming EPA administrator. Last week, their friends in the Senate failed to show up for an important committee vote, stalling McCarthy's nomination to lead the EPA. By not even showing up to vote, Big Coal and Big Oil's allies in the Senate are trying to hobble the EPA as it works to protect families from water toxins, tailpipe emissions, and other pollutants. We can't let a handful of senators jeopardize the health and safety of our communities.
Tell your senators to get back to work, end the obstruction, and confirm Gina McCarthy.
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.
contributing editor Marc Gunther talks with us about his new piece in Sierra
magazine on Warren Buffett's coal problem.
Avital Andrews shares green snacking tips for yummy eco-friendly dips and spreads.
Author Tim Gallagher talks with us about his book Imperial Dreams: Tracking the Imperial Woodpecker through the Wild Sierra Madre
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