Take Action: No Secret Trade Agreements
A dangerous trade pact between the U.S. and 11 countries along the Pacific Rim called the Trans-Pacific Partnership would strip our government's power to manage U.S. gas exports -- opening the floodgates for fracking and sacrificing our air and water quality in order to feed foreign markets. So it's no surprise that the United States Trade Representative is negotiating this trade agreement in almost complete secrecy.
To keep us in the dark, some members of Congress are now proposing to fast-track the process to push this trade agreement across the finish line without your input.
Tell Congress not to fast-track this trade agreement!
Grassroots Activism: Lone Star Chapter Volunteer Receives Interior Department Award
Congratulations to Tyson Broad of the Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter. Last week he received a
2013 Partners in Conservation award from the U.S. Department of the Interior. The awards go to projects that demonstrate "exemplary natural resource conservation efforts through public-private cooperation."
Tyson's project is the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program (EARIP) -- a program that resulted in large part from several decades of work by the Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter to raise awareness of issues surrounding development over the Edwards Aquifer and federal requirements to protect endangered and threatened species that depend on its springflows.
Grassroots Activism: Crowds Rally for Clean Energy Over Gas in California
In late December, Sierra Club activists joined a huge crowd of people at a rally calling for clean energy to replace the retired San Onofre nuclear generating station in California. The state is proposing natural gas plants, but polls show that Californians want clean energy over gas.
"Building more gas plants will only make air pollution worse in our communities," said Robert Cabrales of Communities for a Better Environment. "Southern California already suffers from some of the dirtiest air in the nation. Now we're talking about adding more pollution on top of it?"
Grassroots Activism: Illinois Activists Defeat Coal Mine Logging
In partnership with a local citizens group, last week Sierra Club Illinois activists successfully stopped Peabody Coal from illegally logging 200 acres of hardwood forests at its proposed Rocky Branch coal mine in southern Illinois.
Neighbors and farmers stood up to the state and to one of the largest coal companies in the country and got the federal Office of Surface Mining to stop the logging.
Photo courtesy of Google Maps
Sierra Club Outings: 300+ Ways to Celebrate 50 Years of Wilderness
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 with Sierra Club Outings?
Head straight to our website to browse the full trip lineup by activity, destination, date, or price. And for more on Wilderness Act, including reflections from Michael Brune and historic photos from the archives, stop by our 50 Years of Wilderness page. Happy travels!