Connecting People to Nature, Benefiting Both
The Sierra Club's Mission Outdoors program is changing its name but not its mission. Sierra Club Outdoors
reaches across economic lines, cultures, and communities to engage all Americans -- including military and youth -- to explore, enjoy, and protect the natural world. With its 5,000-plus volunteers, SCO provides opportunities for people from all walks of life to get outdoors and create a lifelong connection with nature.
Get involved, get outdoors, and check out our new website!
State of the Climate
After tonight's State of the Union address, the Sierra Club will join other advocacy organizations at the White House to speak about the policies President Obama lays out in his speech. You can be part of the discussion by taking a brief survey to let us know your biggest environmental priorities in 2014. We'll share some of your responses on our social networks, and when we speak with White House staff, our questions will come straight from you.
Take the survey and follow the action on Twitter.
Photo: Pete Souza
Stand With West Virginia
Nearly three weeks after a chemical spill on the Elk River poisoned the drinking water for more than 300,000 West Virginians, many people are still relying on bottled water to drink, cook, and bathe. It's no secret that the state government has undercut public health protections in favor of the coal and chemical industries. Unfortunately, this spill, involving a chemical used to treat coal before it's burned, is not an isolated incident.
Tell President Obama to protect West Virginians from this dangerous industry.
Five Foods That Are Killing the Planet
These popular culinary treats are some of the worst environmental offenders. Find out if your favorite food is on our list.
Spoiler alert: Stop reading now if you can't live without Quarter Pounders or conventional coffee.
Coal Train Blues
Counterfeit Cash, a Johnny Cash tribute band based in Portland, Oregon, has just released a new video, "Coal Train Blues," based on the Man in Black's famous hit, "Folsom Prison Blues."
The tune and the chugging, infectious beat remain the same, but the revised lyrics tell about the health and environmental risks that proposed coal exports pose to communities across the Pacific Northwest. The video was produced by the Sierra Club's partners on the coal export fight, Friends of the Columbia Gorge and the Power Past Coal coalition.
Check out the video and hear why Counterfeit Coal has the coal train blues.
Trevor Thomas went blind at age 36. He responded by hiking 18,000 miles. His eyesight gone, he listened and felt his way along the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.
Read about one man's inspirational triumph over adversity.
Photo: Jake Abrahamson
Eyes on the Prize
In President Obama's speech on climate change last June, he cited the ravages wreaked by a warming planet, and said the question is not whether we need to act, it's whether we have the courage to act before it's too late. He can start by making it official that 100 percent clean energy, not an "all of the above" energy policy, is our goal.
"We know how to get all of the energy we need without using dirty or dangerous fuel sources," says Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. "It's no longer a question of whether we can -- but of whether we will."
Dude, Where's My EV?
While last week's annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit didn't offer the wall-to-wall lineup of green vehicles found at the Frankfurt Auto Show (the world's largest) in 2009, market research predicts an upcoming "slope of enlightenment" and a rosy future for electric vehicles. More than a dozen EVs are already available to the buying public.
Read more and check out the Sierra Club's Electric Vehicle Guide.
Stay Warm and Save Money
Winter weather got you down? Avoid high heating bills with these six clever tricks for staying warm when it's cold outside. Your wallet -- and the planet -- will thank you.
Share your cold-weather tips in the comments section!
One Bad Pact
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is the biggest trade agreement you've never heard of... until now. This dangerous trade pact between the U.S. and 11 countries would strip our government's power to manage U.S. gas exports, opening the floodgates for fracking, sacrificing our air and water quality in order to feed foreign markets. And it's being negotiated in almost complete secrecy.
Tell Congress not to fast-track this trade agreement.