Why You Can't Visit Yosemite on Its Birthday
Today is Yosemite National Park's 123rd birthday, but due to the federal government shutdown that commenced today, no one will be attending the party. Visitors already there are being ushered out of Yosemite -- and every other national park, national monument, and national seashore.
But the fallout doesn't stop there. The EPA will furlough 9 out of every 10 employees, and communities around our parks could lose up to $30 million in business for every day of the shutdown. Rather than make the American people pay the cost, the U.S. House of Representatives needs to ditch the political posturing and fulfill the most basic aspect of its job: keeping the government open and working for American families.
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Grizzlies In the Gunsights
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) has released a draft management plan for grizzly bears in southwest Montana. The plan would dictate how grizzlies are managed for the next 15 to 20 years. Unfortunately, the draft plan is weak and vague, and it fails to effectively protect the bears. In fact, it promotes hunting grizzlies as a way to reduce conflicts between people and bears.
The deadline for public comments on the plan is October 11. Tell MFWP that grizzly bears deserve much stronger protection!
Tastes Like Tar Sands
Did you know that Coca-Cola and Pepsi use tar sands -- the dirtiest source of oil on Earth -- to fuel their massive truck fleets? The Future Fleet campaign aims to get companies like these on the road to a climate solution. Nearly 60 groups representing millions of Americans and Canadians delivered an open letter to major North American corporations asking them to reduce or eliminate their use of fuel from refineries using tar sands. Already, 19 major U.S. corporations have taken action.
It's time to tell Coca-Cola and Pepsi to stop using extreme oil derived from tar sands. Vote now for which brand you want to see clean up its act first.
4 Action-Packed Green Jobs
Ever wondered whether you could turn your hiking prowess, climbing cred, or scuba skills into a career? Then read on, because we may have found your dream career.
These four exciting green jobs aren't for pencil pushers. Thrill seekers -- prepare your resumes!
Why Backpackers Do It
We've all thought about what it would be like to visit a wild place where no one has gone before. Experience the next best thing with this short and inspiring film about a Sierra Club Outings backpacking journey
in Sequoia National Park, California.
Seeking an adventure of your own? Head over to Sierra Club Outings
to search our extensive lineup -- including sunny water trips, cool winter sports, volunteer vacations, and international excursions -- by activity, budget, date, or destination.
We Know You Have a Choice in Airlines...
Flying has its environmental cost, but it turns out that some airlines are a lot greener than others. The International Council on Clean Transportation ranked 15 major airlines and found huge differences in the fuel efficiency of carriers, even on identical routes. The results may make you rethink -- or celebrate -- your frequent-flier affiliation.
Find out which airline came out on top, and which ones are above or below the industry average.
5 Things You Need to Know About the Big New Climate Report
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), set up in 1988 by two United Nations agencies as a way to collect and disseminate the best current science on climate disruption, last week began releasing its fifth assessment, known as the AR5.
Read the IPCC's "Summary for Policymakers" and find out Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune's five top takeaways from the report.
How Small Can You Grow?
Miniature gardens prove that green thumbs don't need much space -- even a potted plant can be transformed into an intriguing scene. "Enchantment happens when everything is in proper scale," says small-scale gardener Janit Calvo.
Check out our photo gallery of tiny gardens
and tell us in the comments which one is your favorite.
Photo: Kate Baldwin
Cut the Carbon
Power plants are the nation's biggest source of carbon pollution. Their emissions harm our health and exacerbate climate disruption -- wildfires burn hotter, droughts last longer, warm summer weekends become scorching heat waves, and floods turn into disasters. Carbon polluters currently have no limit to how much they can dump into our air, but the EPA is getting ready to finalize the first-ever protections against carbon pollution from new power plants.
Join the 3.2 million voices that have already asked the EPA to make sure these new safeguards are put in place.
Your View Is Your Vote
Watch great videos and help us win! The Sierra Club has entered two videos in the inaugural short Future360.tv video competition in partnership with SXSW Eco. The top 20 videos with the most views will be screened at the festival.
So watch, enjoy, and share these two great animated videos: our Coal 101 primer on what's wrong with coal, and a compilation of our series Coal vs. Clean Energy. Thanks!
Protect the Grand Canyon of the South
The Army Corps of Engineers has again agreed to let Big Coal dump the blown-off tops of mountains into pristine Virginia waterways. Ten miles downstream from the proposed Doe Branch mine, the Russell Fork River flows through Breaks Interstate Park.
Known as the Grand Canyon of the South, the park features the deepest gorge east of the Mississippi, thousands of acres of forest to explore and camp in, and some of the most challenging white water in the East. Pollution of this natural wonder would devastate the local eco-tourism industry that supports communities throughout the area.
Tell the EPA to intervene and put an end to the Doe Branch mine and protect Appalachian communities from dangerous mountaintop removal mining.
Next month, over 10,000 young leaders from across the country will come together and continue building the movement to stop the dirty fossil fuel industry from polluting our air and water, and spur the transition to a clean and just energy future. Power Shift will be the largest convergence of youth change-makers in 2013.
You could join them! Register today.
Don't Miss This Conversation
"Wendell Berry's mission, in word and deed, is the defense of the earth," says iconic journalist, public commentator, and PBS talk show host Bill Moyers. To mark the 35th anniversary of Berry's landmark book, The Unsettling of America, the prolific and influential writer, farmer, and environmentalist granted Moyers a rare television interview, which will air on Moyers & Company on Oct. 4, 5, and 6. Moyers explores Berry's ardent opposition to mountaintop-removal mining and agribusiness, his support for sustainable farming and the local food movement, and his views on civil disobedience as a means to effect social change.
Consult your local PBS listings for broadcast times of Wendell Berry: Poet & Prophet.
Natalie Foster, executive director of Peers, a grassroots organization that supports the sharing economy movement.
magazine's Avital Andrews shares green lifestyle tips.
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