This is the final edition of Currents for 2013. Thank you for a wonderful year of successful activism! The next Currents newsletter will be on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
Take Action: Support EPA Safeguards Against Toxic Coal Ash
Five years ago next week, Americans saw one of the worst environmental disasters in history when a billion gallons of toxic coal ash sludge poured onto farmland and into the Emory and Clinch rivers in Tennessee.
Yet five years after the TVA coal ash disaster, there are still no federal safeguards to protect our communities from coal ash or other water pollution caused from burning coal -- even though there are more than 1,100 coal ash sites like the one that spilled in Tennessee.
Tell the EPA we have waited long enough, and that it's time to finalize new coal ash protections.
Photo by Lyndsay Moseley
Grassroots Activism: Standing Up to Coal in Detroit
Detroit Beyond Coal volunteer Douglas Myers penned a powerful op-ed about the realities of coal's toxic pollution in his community of River Rouge.
"People don't tend to listen when I attribute my family's health ailments to having lived near the River Rouge coal plant -- but the facts are on my side," says Myers in the column.
Grassroots Activism: Teaming Up for the Sage Grouse
Congratulations to the Sierra Club activists in Utah! In a recent span of just five days, activists with the Sierra Club's Our Wild America and Beyond Coal campaigns in Utah helped generate 14,000 comments urging the Bureau of Land Management to protect sage grouse habitat from a proposed coal mine.
Grassroots Activism: Transit Progress in Florida
Way to go, Sierra Club Florida! After two years of educating the public, organizing members and activists, and building coalitions, the chapter's Florida Healthy Air Campaign triumphed last week.
The Pinellas County Commission voted to put the "Greenlight Pinellas" transit plan on the November 2014 ballot after a public hearing at which more than 100 supporters turned out to pack both commission chambers and two floors of overflow space.