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January 14, 2014 -- 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the  Wilderness Act -- the landmark 1964 law that provides the highest level of  legal protection for America's wild and undeveloped federal lands. Share on Google+ Share with Facebook Share with Twitter Tell Your Friends
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Celebrate 50 Years of Wilderness With Sierra Club Outings

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act -- the landmark 1964 law that provides the highest level of legal protection for America's wild and undeveloped federal lands. What better way to celebrate than by joining one of our latest outdoor excursions.

Take your pick from: Head straight to our website to browse the full trip lineup by activity, destination, date, or price. And for more on the Wilderness Act, including reflections from Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune and historic photos from the archives, stop by our 50 Years of Wilderness page. Happy travels!

Chemical Spill in West Virginia Chemical Spill Reveals Coal's Hidden Hazards

Last Thursday night, the curtain was pulled back on the coal industry's widespread and risky use of dangerous chemicals. A spill into the Elk River near Charleston, West Virginia, contaminated drinking water for more than 300,000 people. The spill involved a 48,000-gallon tank of a chemical used to treat coal before it's sent to be burned at power plants.

Read more and find out what local groups are assisting West Virginians affected by the spill.

EU Climate Protections Fuelish Meddling

Is the United States undermining the European Union's climate progress? The EU recently proposed a set of rules that would encourage fuel suppliers to use cleaner fuel sources and discourage the use of dirty sources like tar sands. But instead of working to emulate this common sense policy, the U.S. trade representative joined Big Oil in attempting to undermine.

Tell President Obama the U.S. should be supporting climate-friendly policies, not standing in their way.

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Amazing Natural Phenomena [Slideshow]

Dramatic light displays, terrifying storms, mesmerizing waves ... nature puts on one heck of a show.

Check out our latest photo gallery to see seven of the planet's most incredible spectacles.

Photo by Caters News Agency

Sierra magazine To the Mountaintop

To mark the 100th anniversary of Mt. Denali's first ascent and inspire communities of color by blazing a new kind of trail, a team of African American and African climbers made a bid for the summit. "For some of us, it was the first time we'd seen faces that looked like ours in the outdoors," says expedition member Scott Briscoe.

Read about their incredible journey.

Grizzly bear Endangered Species Act Turns 40

Forty years ago this month, one of our country's most important pieces of environmental legislation was signed into law. The Endangered Species Act has come to be the most effective tool we have to conserve species. Brown pelicans, humpback whales, and grizzly bears are all still around today, thanks to the Endangered Species Act.

Here's to another 40 years of strong endangered species protections!

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Alaska Protect
Alaskan Jewell

A decades-long fight to protect a piece of Alaska's wilderness has reached a key milestone. With the leadership of Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell, the administration has rejected a proposal to build a road through designated wilderness in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

Izembek is where millions of migrating birds feed and rest during their spring and fall migrations. It is also home to grizzly bears, caribou, and wolves.

Take a moment to thank Secretary Sally Jewell for protecting Alaska's wilderness.

January is Soup month 3 Hot Recipes for National Soup Month

Soup lovers, it's time to celebrate.

January is National Soup month and we've found a few delicious recipes to keep you warm, cozy, and well fed this winter.

Fracking Mickey Mouse Backing Fracking?

Bambi. Aladdin. The Little Mermaid. Fracked wells?! One of these things is not like the others. But for some reason, Radio Disney decided to partner with the oil and gas industry on a tour of Ohio elementary schools to promote fracking. Not what you'd expect from Radio Disney, right? We didn't think so, either.

Check out what went down once the word got out.

Bloomberg Green News Is Blooming

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has helped make sustainability an international conversation. During his three terms in office, he left a green legacy that stands as a template for big cities everywhere. Meanwhile, the company he owns stayed busy while he was in City Hall, launching Bloomberg Sustainability News, which recently celebrated its second birthday. The site, part of, publishes two dozen stories daily about how governments, companies, and civil society groups are making the world more sustainable. The website also features The Grid, a blog where journalists explain trends behind the news.

Check out Bloomberg Sustainability News.

Mary Ann Hitt Mary Anne Hitt Named One of 2013's Most Influential People

In late December, SNL Energy named Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, as one of 2013's ten most influential people. Nominees were chosen for their influence on the electric power, natural gas, and coal sectors of the U.S. energy market. Hitt was honored for her pioneering work to move the U.S. off polluting fossil fuels and onto clean sources sources like wind and solar.

Read more and find out who else made the list.

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