Take Action: Tell Congress to Give Students an Environmental Education!
Our children and all K-12 students need your support to make sure they have opportunities to learn about the natural world, get outdoors and develop a foundation for success in the green economy. American students are lagging behind their international peers. Outdoor learning and environmental education have been shown to improve academic performance across subject areas and increase overall interest in learning among students.
Tell Congress to support the No Child Left Inside Act of 2013 to prepare today’s students to tackle tomorrow’s environmental challenges and compete in the green economy.
Take Action: Tell your Senators to Keep Shaheen-Portman Clean!
This week, the Senate could finally vote on a common-sense, bipartisan bill to spur innovation in energy efficiency technologies for residential, commercial and industrial sectors. The bill by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) is a step forward... but some senators are trying to turn it into two steps back. Big polluters and their friends want to load it up with industry giveaways and provisions that would roll back building standards and undermine protections against climate-destroying carbon pollution.
Rollbacks on building standards and giveaways to polluters don't belong in the Senate's energy efficiency bill. Tell your senators to keep it clean!
Grassroots Activism: Taking on Big Coal in Alaska
In the country's northernmost major city, organizers, activists, supporters, and coalition members gathered for Anchorage's first major anti-coal event. Within 40 miles of Anchorage are six proposed strip coal mines. Anchorage accounts for 40 percent of the state's population, "so we have an opportunity to build a huge constituency of people to speak out against these mines that threaten the area," Sierra Club Organizer Laura Comer of the Beyond Coal Alaska campaign said.
Read more about this landmark event on The Planet!
Grassroots Activism: Supporting Fair Timber Trade and Good Music
This summer, volunteers from the Sierra Club, the Environmental Investigation Agency, and other organizations are spreading the word about the Lacey Act, a powerful law used to curb the illegal trade of plant products and animals, including timber. During the summer concert tour "The Last Summer on Earth" with Guster, Barenaked Ladies, and Ben Folds Five, these volunteers are asking concertgoers to support the Lacey Act by sending postcards and tweets to their representatives.
Check out a video from the concert tour and learn more about how the Lacey Act get us one step closer to a more sustainable future!