Stacy Bare, director of Sierra Club Outdoors, has been named one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year. A decorated U.S. Army veteran who served in Bosnia and Iraq, Bare — at left in photo — was selected in recognition of his work to get fellow veterans outside. He was nominated alongside former Army Ranger Nick Watson, with whom he cofounded the organization Veterans Expeditions. Members of the public (i.e., you) can vote between now and January 21 to decide who will be the People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year.
The Top 10 Clean Energy Stories to Be Thankful for in 2013 There’s plenty to be thankful for in 2013. From the largest climate rally in U.S. history to major milestones like the 150th coal plant to announce retirement, 2013 has been a great year. This Thanksgiving, let’s take some time to be thankful for all the success stories across the country as our nation moves beyond dirty fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy. Check out our list!
Gear Up for a New Year 2014 is just a heartbeat away. Can’t decide how you’ll spend it? Don’t fret; with 150 Sierra Club itineraries — and many more on the way — your travel plans are in safe hands.
Take your pick from:
And be sure to keep your eyes peeled for our full 2014 trip launch on Friday, December 13, featuring over 300 tantalizing trip options, like water journeys, backpacking and base camp excursions, lodge trips, family vacations, bike tours, trips for younger participants, and a whole lot more!
TVA Takes Major Step to Move Beyond Coal The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the country’s largest public power provider, has announced that it will retire three of its coal-fired power plants in Alabama and Kentucky. The Sierra Club, our allies, and the people of the Tennessee Valley have been working for years for a healthier environment. Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, grew up in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee. Read what she has to say about TVA’s announcement, and how the TVA can reclaim its historical role as a clean-energy leader. Click here for more information, and visit The Sustainable Action Network at anytime!
Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day News stories about extreme weather and fossil fuel disasters making you discouraged? Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune argues that clean energy progress — which is happening everywhere — matters far more in the long run: “No one will tear down wind farms because they are nostalgic for fracking in our watersheds. And nobody will pull down their solar panels because they miss having mercury in their tuna or asthma inhalers for their kids.” Find out why Brune is optimistic about clean energy’s future. Click here for more information, and visit The Sustainable Action Network at anytime!
Sierra Club Activist Wins Outdoor Book Award When Sierra Club activist Krista Schlyer learned that hundreds of miles of recently built walls along the U.S.-Mexico border were wreaking havoc on sensitive wildlands and wildlife, she took notice. More important, she took pictures. These photos, accompanied by her narrative of the wild places of the borderlands, fill the nearly 300 pages of her new book, Continental Divide: Wildlife, People, and the Border Wall. This month, the National Outdoor Book Awards named Continental Divide as the winner of the 2013 award for Nature and the Environment. Read more about Continental Divide and get involved with the Sierra Club’s Borderlands Team. Photo by Chris Linder Click here for more information, and visit The Sustainable Action Network at anytime!
Angry Coal: The Sun’s Gonna Explode!Our animated “coal ball” is back in two new episodes of our Coal vs. Clean Energy video series. Watch Angry Coal try to take on clean energy and explain why he thinks “the sun’s gonna explode.” Also, catch any episodes you missed and play the Coal vs. Clean Energy Game!Watch the latest episode.
6 Training Exercises for an Injury-Free Ski Season Tired of rag-dolling on the bumps, yard-sailing on the steeps, and face-planting in the freshies? If snowy mountain terrain is in your future, now’s the time to strengthen muscles and increase flexibility so that you’re less likely to be injured during the upcoming ski season. These six training exercises will prepare you for the slopes.
Sierra Club Holiday Survival Guide Looking for some sustainable and delicious menu options this Thanksgiving? (Yes, we have a recipe for creamy garlic mashed potatoes, but how about giving mashed sweet potatoes with maple syrup a try?) Need a few eco-friendly gift ideas? Want to impress your family and friends with one-of-a-kind handmade gifts? And what do you tell that curmudgeonly uncle who says coal is still king, renewable energy is impractical, and living green is just too hard? Check out our Holiday Survival Guide for recipes, gift ideas, and more.
Don’t Let Shell Drill the Polar Bear SeasFor the last two years, we’ve managed to fend off Shell Oil’s attempts to drill in the Polar Bear Seas, with hundreds of thousands of emails and calls to President Obama. But Shell just won’t give up — now they’re trying to drill next year. And the Obama administration is considering opening up even more of the Polar Bear Seas to drilling in years to come.Tell President Obama: the Arctic is too special to leave in the hands of Big Oil!
12,000-foot Peaks for Beginners Think you have to be an expert mountaineer to summit a 12,000-footer? Well, think again. Many peaks in the Lower 48 will reward you with stunning vistas, a taste of thin air, and a sense of being on top of the world without risking life and limb. Strenuous? You bet. But these lofty walk-ups will build your endurance and your high-altitude confidence. Get your mountain legs by scaling these sublime summits in the Rockies, Cascades, and Sierra Nevada.
Big Turnout at EPA Carbon-Pollution Hearings At 11 EPA public listening sessions held this month and last, the Sierra Club mobilized its members and supporters to speak out in favor of strong new safeguards against carbon pollution from existing power plants. Thanks largely to the Club’s organizing efforts, over 3,000 citizens turned out for the listening sessions, more than 2,000 gave testimony, and an additional 16,000 wrote to their state governors in support of strong new EPA guidelines. Read and download the Sierra Club’s report recapping what came down at the listening sessions.
1. Kat Taylor, CEO and co-founder of One Pacific Coast Bank, joins us to talk about how your money can align with your values. 2. Kate Galbraith, co-author of The Great Texas Wind Rush: How George Bush, Ann Richards, and a Bunch of Tinkerers Helped the Oil and Gas State Win the Race to Wind Power.Subscribe to Sierra Club Radio.
- Group claims water near 11 TVA coal plants is polluted (timesfreepress.com)
- More aging Tennessee Valley Authority coal plants may be shuttered (timesfreepress.com)
- The New Normal (theburningplatform.com)
- TVA closing 8 coal units at plants in Ala. and Ky. (azstarnet.com)
- TVA ramps wind power, but environmentalist call for more efficiency (timesfreepress.com)
- TVA closing 8 coal units at plants in Ala. and Ky. (cnsnews.com)
- Tennessee Valley Authority Defies McConnell With Coal Cut (bloomberg.com)
- Tennessee Valley Authority defies McConnell with coal cut (fuelfix.com)
- Haney to TVA: You’re wrong about Bellefonte, pushes to finish nuclear plant his way (hispanicbusiness.com)
- Bad for Your Health and the Environment: Coal Finally on Its Way Out? (onegreenplanet.org)