Coal: Bad for the Water
According to the EPA, more than half of all toxic water pollution in the country comes from coal-fired power plants. Pollution standards haven't been updated in 30 years, but now the EPA has proposed strong new guidelines that the Sierra Club supports. Today the Sierra Club released a new report (pdf) that highlights just how badly needed these protections are.
Sierra Club activists are hosting over 20 creative events nationwide this month to help promote the new report and guidelines, including a "toxic lemonade stand" in Pennsylvania and a "Miss and Mr. Toxic Water Swimsuit Competition" in Missouri.
Find out how you can help protect our waters from coal pollution.
How Faith Can Save Mountains
Like many Sierra Club staffers, Heather Moyer is an environmental and community activist away from the office. She's also active with her church in Baltimore, where she runs her congregation's Community Service Program. As a writer for the Sierra Club, she's all-too-aware of the travesty of mountaintop-removal coal mining. So she decided to draft a resolution putting her denomination, the 1.1-million-member United Church of Christ, on record as officially opposing mountaintop removal, and took it to their annual conference earlier this month.
Find out what happened. And take action to protect our Appalachian Mountains and waterways against the ravages of mountaintop-removal coal mining.
Go With the Flow
If you love water adventures, our water trips are sure to float your boat. Glide through brilliant water worlds on a kayak journey; reflect upon nature on a moderately paced canoe trip; or join a thrilling whitewater rafting adventure. Most water trips include frequent stops for side hikes, swimming, wildlife viewing, photography, or just stretching your legs.
Camp and canoe a crystal-clear, spring-fed river
in the Missouri Ozarks, kayak among pristine islands and lakes
in Florida’s enchanting Okefenokee Refuge, or bring the whole family for rafting
(and hiking and biking, too!) in rugged Ohiopyle State Park, Pennsylvania.
Looking for more like this, or something else entirely? Visit our website
to find the trip that's right for you.
Photo: Adirondack Rafting by J Swedberg
Sowing "Seeds of Hope"
Jane Goodall is the world's most legendary primatologist, but lately she's been spending more time focusing on a life form less intelligent than the chimpanzees she studied in Tanzania. In fact, one that has no brains at all: plants.
Sierra magazine interviewed her to find out not only what compelled her to spend years writing a book about the botanical world, but also how she became a vegetarian, whether she thinks there's hope for our planet, whether she's religious, and what her favorite place on Earth is.
Read her eloquent answers.
Photo: Stuart Clarke
No Batteries Required!
The 2014 Sierra Club Calendars are here! Available in both weekly engagement-book and monthly wall-hanging formats, they're filled with breathtaking images of wild places all across the country. Hey, we've sold more than 10 million of these for a good reason!
Order your 2014 Engagement and Wilderness calendars here.
4 Plants That Aren't Vegetarians
They're beautiful, fascinating, and hungry. Carnivorous plants live in nutrient-poor environments, like bogs, where they survive by capturing invertebrates and digesting them for nutrients.
Learn more about these plants and watch them in action.
On a Clear Day...
Some of the most spectacular views on Earth can be experienced at Grand Canyon National Park, carved over tens of millions of years by the Colorado River. But for decades, visitors have had to peer through industrial haze coming from the largest coal-fired power plant in the West, located less than 12 miles from the national park's boundary.
The EPA is taking public comments right now on how to clean up pollution from the Navajo Generating Station. But the coal lobby is pushing the EPA to delay cleanup and approve a weakened plan. Send a comment to the EPA now to protect the Grand Canyon from coal pollution
and restore clear skies to the national park.
Jim Hunt, author of Restless Fires: Young John Muir's Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-1868
Green living tips from Sierra
magazine's Avital Andrews.
Bill Hewitt, author of A Newer World: Politics, Money, Technology, and What's Really Being Done to Solve the Climate Crisis
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