High Noon for Keystone XL
We're finally nearing the end of a 5-year journey. It is expected that President Obama will soon announce his decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, which would vastly increase production of the dirtiest fuel on Earth. KXL has galvanized protests across the U.S., and the Sierra Club has been on the front lines. Last Friday, two million comments opposing the pipeline were delivered to the State Department, with more than 200,000 coming from the Sierra Club. It comes down to this: It's not about the pipe; it's about what the pipe would carry.
Why is Keystone XL such a big deal?
Give Yellowstone Bison Room to Roam
More than 200 wild bison have recently been captured in Montana and shipped to slaughter after this year's harsh winter forced them to venture outside Yellowstone National Park to find food at lower elevations. The unnecessary and galling slaughter is due in large part to continued stalling on a historic proposal made last year by state agencies that would allow bison year-round access to several hundred thousand acres of public lands outside the park in Montana.
Tell Montana Governor Steve Bullock that it's time to give bison room to roam in Montana!
Wild About Baltimore
As a kid, Brad Hunter learned to be comfortable in the outdoors with his family and with the Boy Scouts. But as a public school teacher in Baltimore, he realized most of the kids he taught had few opportunities to get out into the natural world. Hunter learned about the Sierra Club's Inner City Outings program by happenstance while perusing his mom's copy of the local Sierra Club newsletter.
Find out how ICO is making kids wild about Baltimore.
National Monument Makes Landfall
President Obama today designated Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument. Located on the Mendocino County coast in Northern California, Point Arena-Stornetta includes 1,665 acres of stunning vistas, tide pools, wetlands, portions of the Garcia River and its estuary, and a 5-acre island. The area's meadows, dunes, and marine habitat are home to sea otters, seals, salmon, migratory birds, and the endangered Point Arena mountain beaver. This is the first expansion onto land for the national monument, which protects more than 20,000 small islands, rocks, and exposed reefs and pinnacles along the California coast.
Please thank President Obama for keeping his promise to protect more of our public lands for future generations.
PepsiCo, which operates the largest private vehicle fleet in the United States, prides itself on its commitment to water stewardship. Yet the company continues to use fuel made from tar sands. Mining for tar sands exacerbates climate damage, destroys wilderness, and creates toxic waste which is dumped into massive, leaky "lakes," leading to rising cancer rates in nearby indigenous communities. As a major beverage company and consumer of oil, PepsiCo has a unique responsibility to show leadership in rejecting extreme sources of oil like tar sands.
Tell PepsiCo's CEO it's time to ditch tar sands and protect water.
Preserve and Protect
The Good Food Awards, now in its fourth year, champions food and drink producers in the U.S. who push their industries toward sustainability and use ingredients indigenous to their region. The event also brings in experts to do blind tastings and decide which brands are the most delicious.
We did our own sampling of the 24 finalists in this year's "fruit preserves" category. Check out some of our faves.[Warning: The craftsmanship involved in producing these comestibles will lighten your conscience and your wallet.]
Photo: Lori Eanes
Superstar rock climber Alex Honnold scales giant, sheer walls like Half Dome and El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without using ropes or protection -- a technique called "free-soloing." It's the most dangerous kind of climbing there is; lose your grip you buy the farm. We talked to Honnold about graduating from "full dirtbag" to only "kind of dirtbag," planning his skyscraper climb in Taipei, his nonprofit initiative to support clean-energy projects, and the surprising backstory behind an iconic photo.
Read more about how this rock star stays rock steady.
This Trade Deal is a House of Cards
Federal lawmakers who have been working behind closed doors to fast-track the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership are changing their tune and speaking out against this flawed trade agreement as they learn how it would threaten American jobs, clean air, and clean water.
Tell Congress: No more back-door deals!
Women of the Sierra Club
March is Women's History Month -- the perfect occasion to celebrate the achievements of female Sierra Club activists past and present who have made a contribution to protecting our planet. The women featured here are only the tip of the iceberg, of course; a comprehensive list would fill a book. They come from all walks of life, and range in age from 17 to 105.
Join us in celebrating these Women of the Sierra Club.
Following a professional basketball career in Washington, Chicago, and Europe, Mark Davis returned to D.C. and started a title company. Five years ago he started a solar business as well. "When I first started, I was the only solar installer in the District of Columbia," he says. "Now there's half a dozen or so. It's growing, it's getting more competitive, and you have to be good." His company's mission is to create living-wage green-technology jobs, improve air quality, and make solar energy affordable to all residents in the D.C. area.
Read more about how Davis pivoted from pro ball to Solar CEO.
Photo: Jonathan Timmes
10 National Parks You've Never Heard Of
More than 400 parks comprise our national park system, which attracts more than 280 million visitors every year. The five most popular national parks are Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountain.
Which are the least-visited?
Let Sleeping Bears Lie
Congress has passed a wilderness bill for the first time in five years, designating 32,500 acres of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan as wilderness. The Sierra Club was a driving force behind the creation of the national lakeshore in the 1970s. "The Wilderness Act celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and we hope Sleeping Bear Dunes is only the first area that Congress moves to protect," says Michigan Chapter director Anne Woiwode."
Find out more about this newest addition to our wilderness system.