Take Action: The U.S.-EU Free Trade Agreement could have major climate implications!
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is initiating an environmental review of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a massive free trade agreement being negotiated between the U.S. and EU, and has invited the public to weigh in on the "scope" of this environmental review. Along with other major environmental impacts, the TTIP could enable increased crude oil and liquefied natural gas exports from the U.S., empower corporations to sue governments over environmental safeguards, and require states to remove commonsense policies such as energy-efficiency labelling for products. It is critical that the review stress the full range of effects that this agreement could have on the environment, climate, and communities.
Tell the U.S. Trade Representative to conduct a thorough environmental review of the TTIP!
Grassroots Activism: Highlighting Detroit's Amazing Activists
The tireless work of Sierra Club and coalition activists in Michigan's most polluted zip code - Detroit's 48217 -- was just highlighted in this excellent Think Progress article.
"The community is just inundated with all these polluting sources, and their primary impact is on people's health and their quality of life," said Rhonda Anderson, an environmental justice organizer with the Sierra Club who grew up near 48217. "Even if people are able to live life to 70, 80, what kind of life is that if the last 20 years you have cancer, cardiovascular disease, if you have asthma? And that's what's happening here."
Grassroots Activism: Clean Energy Wins in Missouri
Congratulations to the Beyond Coal activists in Independence, Missouri!
Thanks to their work, the city council just voted to phase out coal and triple the city's investment in clean energy.
Now that's some real energy Independence!
The Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign and Tennessee Chapter were founding members of the coalition, which formed in 2013 to promote policies to combat climate disruption.
Grassroots Activism: Victory in Delaware
The Sierra Club's Delaware Chapter celebrated a major victory when the University of Delaware decided this month to terminate an agreement to build a massive new natural gas power plant on the university campus in Newark.
The university's announcement came on the 399th day of grassroots opposition to the power plant.