Take Action: Protect Our Public Forests
This fall, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider the "Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, "one of the most damaging forestry bills that the House has seen in years. This bill legislates clear-cutting on nearly all of our national forests, authorizes projects in the backcountry, and waives bedrock environmental laws such as the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.
Send a message to your representative today to tell them to protect our forests by voting no on HR 1526.
Take Action: Save Our Appalachian Mountains and Waterways
If you don't like the rules, change them. That's just what Kentucky is trying to do for the coal-mining industry. Instead of protecting the waterways that run through Appalachia, the state's Division of Water chose to weaken a critical part of the Clean Water Act in order to benefit the coal industry. Fortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency can strike this down and stand up for our communities.
Tell the EPA to protect these streams and rivers from mountaintop-removal mining pollution.
Grassroots Activism: Kayak Beyond Coal
Pittsburgh Sierra Club volunteers and staff joined a coalition of groups in hitting the water last week to kayak beyond coal. They joined Clean Water Action and Three Rivers Waterkeeper at Point State Park -- where the Allegheny, Ohio, and Monongahela rivers meet in order to call for the state to protect water by moving beyond coal.
Learn more on The Planet blog.
Remembrance: Veterans Climb for Sept. 11
This week, Sierra Club Outdoors, in partnership with Our Wild America and in support of the local Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Campaign, will lead a group of military veterans to summit Mt. Olympus and the Bailey Range Traverse in western Washington.
Part of the Sierra Club's "Veteran's Climbing Series," every year on September 11 since 2010 the Sierra Club has led a group of veterans to summit at national parks around the country.