Keep Your Pledge, Mr. President
The State Department has released its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the Keystone XL pipeline, and despite oil-industry spin, it shows that our voices have made a difference. State has backed away from its previous claim that Keystone wouldn't have a significant impact and also admitted that it would result in carbon pollution equivalent to putting 5.7 million new cars on the road.
President Obama vowed to reject the pipeline if the project would "significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution."
Tell President Obama to keep his pledge and reject Keystone XL.
Photo: Pete Souza
Coast to Coast Rallies Against KXL
Less than 72 hours after the State Department released its FEIS on Keystone XL, thousands of activists held more than 280 vigils in 49 states and Washington, D.C., urging President Obama to reject the tar sands pipeline. Only West Virginia, recovering from a toxic coal-mining chemical spill, was not represented. Some are saying the vigils are the largest activist action ever generated by an Obama administration announcement.
Read about the vigil and take action to stop the pipeline once and for all.
Climate Champions Go for Gold
Pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones started Protect Our Winters to "engage and mobilize the winter sports community to lead the fight against climate change." Last year, the organization sent a letter to President Obama signed by 75 professional winter athletes and Olympians, urging him to move toward renewable energy sources. Now it has launched the Riders Alliance of winter athletes from around the world committed to combatting climate disruption. Thirteen of these champions are representing Team USA at the Winter Olympics.
Read more and learn how you can help these athletes make a difference.
Crusader for Environmental Justice
Erica Thames, who grew up in a low-income community of color in California, met a Sierra Club organizer while volunteering for a cultural collective as a college student. She quickly became a key volunteer in the Club's My Generation campaign, organizing rallies to promote renewable energy and going door-to-door asking local residents to sign petitions supporting rooftop solar in low-income communities. Last fall, Thames moved to Texas to work for the Club's Beyond Coal campaign. She says organizations like the Sierra Club must make it a priority to engage with communities like the one where she grew up.
Find out more about this young activist and her commitment to environmental justice.
Shell's Game Over in the Arctic
Shell Oil has abandoned its plans to drill in the Arctic this year. The announcement came after a court ruling invalidated drilling leases in the Chukchi Sea. Alaska's Arctic seas are home to the entire U.S. population of polar bears and serve as a vital migration route for bowhead and beluga whales. But we know Shell won't give up on drilling in the Arctic for good without continued pressure.
Tell President Obama to terminate all current Chukchi drilling leases and urge him to cancel all future drilling lease sales in America's Arctic Ocean.
Hiking to Support Veterans
Actress and Sierra Club ambassador Brooklyn Decker took a hike in the Hollywood Hills in late January with a group of Iraq veterans to promote the Sierra Club Outdoors program and raise awareness about vets and the challenges they face adjusting to civilian life after returning home from deployments.
"Getting outdoors is incredibly therapeutic for vets with post-traumatic stress disorder," she says. "I've traveled to the Middle East on a USO tour, and I was drawn to the Sierra Club Outdoors program because of their work with veterans and military families."
Read more about Decker's hike and her work with Sierra Club Outdoors.
Scared to Drink
It's been over a month since Freedom Industries spilled thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals into West Virginia's Elk River, poisoning the drinking water for 300,000 people. Hundreds of residents flooded emergency rooms, and many West Virginians still can't drink their tap water. Yet Governor Earl Ray Tomblin opposes new safety standards and protections.
Tell Governor Tomblin it's time to protect the water and people of West Virginia, not Big Coal.
DIY Cellphone Holder
Smartphones have become a fashion statement in and of themselves, but now you can take your cell to the next level with this DIY holder.
Turn an old tie into a stylish phone sleeve by following our easy step-by-step instructions.
Photo: Lori Eanes
Breaking Up With Dirty Energy
"I just don't think this is working out anymore. Our relationship is toxic. Being with you hurts my friends, my family, even myself. I need something I can commit to in the long term. Something I can believe in." So say activist actresses Amy Smart, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Eva Amurri Martino, and Dawn Olivieri in calling on California governor Jerry Brown to break up with dirty energy and replace the retired San Onofre nuclear power plant with clean, renewable energy sources.
Watch their video and tell Governor Brown to make a clean break with fossil fuels.