Take Action: Protect the "Grand Canyon of the South" from Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining
Ten miles downstream from the proposed Doe Branch mountaintop-removal coal mine in Virginia, the Russell Fork River flows through Breaks Interstate Park. This park, known as the Grand Canyon of the South, features the deepest gorge east of the Mississippi, thousands of acres of forest to hike and camp, and some of the most challenging white-water rapids in the East. We already know the harm to public health and the environmental destruction brought by mountaintop-removal mining.
Tell EPA Region 3 Administrator Shawn Garvin to say no to the Doe Branch mine.
Take Action: Safeguard Our Federal Lands from Pro-Fracking Legislation
Our nation's federal lands belong to all Americans, but pro-fracking members of Congress have introduced legislation to let states decide how the oil and gas industry will drill and frack our national forests, wildlife refuges, and public lands. Congress may soon vote on this terrible bill, H.R. 2728, which would turn regulation of dirty and dangerous fracking and drilling on our federal lands over to the states.
Tell your representative that our national lands deserve the strongest federal protections possible.
Grassroots Activism: Population Activists Gather for Fall Training
More than 20 activists gathered last weekend for a training by the Sierra Club's Global Population and Environment program.
Bringing together participants of all ages and backgrounds from every corner of the United States, the group spent the weekend exploring the complex relationship between human and planetary well-being, digging into the important contribution of voluntary family planning and women's empowerment to the health of our planet, human pressure on scarce resources, and the resilience of communities to climate disruption.
Learn more on The Planet blog.
Grassroots Activism: 500,000 Comments and a Herd of Polar Bears
As the climate changes, the Arctic is melting twice as fast as the rest of the world. But that doesn't mean that the rest of the country is escaping the effects of climate disruption. In fact, climate disruption can be felt far beyond the Arctic.
To highlight the effects of climate change both in the melting Arctic and across the country, exiled (costumed) polar bears visited communities this week that are also feeling the heat nationwide -- and then they delivered more than 500,000 comments opposing drilling in the Arctic.
Follow the tour here and check out the blog posts here.