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President Obama to Get Every Kid in a Park

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 02.20.2015 | Green
Jackie Ostfeld

This week, President Obama unveiled the "Every Kid in a Park" initiative to connect children and their families with the great outdoors, ensuring millions of kids, regardless of where they live, have an opportunity to take that first step in nature.

North Carolina's Brevard College First in the Southeast to Divest

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.25.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

College students, faculty, and administrators at North Carolina's Brevard College are cheering at Friday's news that the school will divest from fossil fuels by 2018 -- making it the first university in North Carolina and the entire Southeast U.S. to divest!

How Many Electric Cars Do We Need to Save the Planet?

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 02.19.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

The U.S. needs 10 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025 to have a shot at avoiding the worst effects of climate change. But even AlterAction's sunniest market projection indicates that we'll have only 4 to 5 million EVs on the road by 2025 if we charge ahead at the current modest pace of growth.

Leading the Fight Against Illegal Logging

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 02.11.2015 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Did you know that up to 30 percent of all wood traded globally has been obtained illegally? Around the world, illegal logging remains a serious problem, threatening communities, funding organized crime, and undercutting American jobs.

'Fighting for Our Right to Breathe'

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.06.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

"None of us should have to be here right now fighting for our right to breathe." That's what a young woman told the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at a hearing this week about smog pollution, after boarding a bus with 100 high school students before dawn and traveling for hours to deliver her three minutes of testimony.

We'll Be There

Michael Brune | Posted 02.05.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

Wherever a community demands protection for their drinking water, we'll be there. Wherever a mother testifies that her kids can't breathe because of the coal plant in their neighborhood, we'll be there. We'll be there when the storms flood our cities, and we'll be there when the pipelines break and the oil trains spill.

Enbridge Gets Another Federal Tar Sands Crude Pipeline Permit As Senate Debates Keystone XL

Steve Horn | Posted 01.30.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

On January 16, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave Enbridge a controversial Nationwide Permit 12 green-light for its proposed Line 78 pipeline, set to bring heavy tar sands diluted bitumen ("dilbit") from Pontiac, Illinois to its Griffith, Indiana holding terminal.

Good News for the Arctic, But...

Michael Brune | Posted 01.28.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

Even though Obama wants climate action to be one of his presidency's chief legacies, he's not yet ready to base his policies on what actually needs to be done. In this case, he has taken two big steps forward with the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and then followed up with an ill-advised step backward on offshore drilling.

Ohioans Stand Up In Force To Oppose Bailing Out Old, Dirty Power Plants

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.23.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Why should we shell out billions to prop up harmful fossil fuels, when we could instead create thousands of good clean energy jobs that will protect the health and livelihoods of workers and communities?

Texas Coal Plants Are Polluting the Air Across Several States

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.15.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park in west Texas are places people visit when they want to reconnect with nature and...

Important Electric Car Lessons Cruising Under the Radar

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 01.13.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

A widespread switch to EVs is one key way to slash emissions, so our "charge" (sorry, pun intended) was to estimate the potential impact of EV policy and program options in order to identify which ones are most likely to increase EV sales.

Trending in the New Year: Americans' Love for Public Lands

Dan Chu | Posted 01.08.2015 | Green
Dan Chu

Hello 2015! At the start of the New Year I often find myself looking ahead to what may come, eagerly anticipating new opportunities and preparing for new challenges. Looking ahead also requires celebrating victories in 2014.

A Dozen Reasons 2014 Was Awesome for Clean Energy & Beyond Coal Victories

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.22.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

From small towns to big cities, we saw inspiring coalitions of diverse groups and organizations working together to protect communities from coal's pollution and ramp up clean energy.

New York's Grassroots Triumph

Michael Brune | Posted 02.18.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

In New York State, at least, sanity has prevailed. By banning fracking, Governor Andrew Cuomo has acted to protect his state's citizens from a rapacious industry whose presence would inevitably result in significant health and environmental consequences.

Dear Governors: Electric Vehicle Policies Will Help You Succeed

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Whether a state has done a lot or a little in promoting EVs, it's not been enough to date. No resting on laurels!

Read the Comments

Michael Brune | Posted 02.11.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

It's only relatively recently that we have recognized the gravity of environmental injustice -- that communities of color are almost always the ones most affected by pollution. That's not an inconvenience. It's a matter of life and death, from the refineries of Texas to the tar sands of Canada.

Report Outlines Ways to Protect Appalachian Communities from Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 02.07.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

If you think mountaintop removal coal mining's days are over, you're wrong. In 2013, Virginia issued nine new surface mining permits and two acreage e...

Why the Sierra Club Can't Be Silent

Michael Brune | Posted 02.05.2015 | Green
Michael Brune

The Sierra Club believes that all people deserve a healthy planet with clean air and water and a stable climate. All people also deserve equal protection under the law and the right to live their lives free of discrimination and hatred. These issues are not separate.

"Reformed" or Not, Corporate Handouts in Trade Agreements Are as Dangerous as Ever

Courtenay Lewis | Posted 02.04.2015 | Business
Courtenay Lewis

It's not too late -- the EU, U.S. and Canada should eliminate corporate-empowering rules from trade agreements rather than falsely claim that the rules have been "reformed" for the better.

Leaving a Downstream Legacy

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 02.03.2015 | Green
Jackie Ostfeld

Sierra Club recognizes that a 21st-century environmental movement depends on getting kids and communities unplugged and outside.

Toward Securing a Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument

Dan Chu | Posted 02.02.2015 | Green
Dan Chu

This is a guest column by Marni McKinney, vice chair of the Sierra Club Foundation Board of Directors. This past September, I had the pleasure of joi...

Nonprofit Advocates Making Big Change, Millions of Vehicles at a Time

Gina Coplon-Newfield | Posted 02.01.2015 | Green
Gina Coplon-Newfield

Did corporate and governmental leaders play a part in achieving this success? Absolutely. But would it have happened at all if not for the tenacity and savvy work of environmental NGOs and their supporters? Not a chance.

On Black Friday, Americans Confront the Walmart 1 Percent: Pay Employees a Living Wage

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

This year the day after Thanksgiving will be remembered not as the biggest shopping day of the year but as the day Americans took action to demand that Walmart, the country's largest employer, pay workers livable wages and play a part in improving our economy.

Enbridge Search for an Indian Whisperer Is a Pipeline Dream

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

"Enbridge Desperately Seeking Indian Whisperer" is a gentle, humorous approach to a very serious threat to Native culture. The filmmakers pulled off a coup that reveals a side of Indian humor that most whites never see.

Thankful for Community Victories Like This One

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 01.24.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

As I imagine you're doing this week, I've been reflecting a lot on what I'm thankful for. Along with family and friends, what tops my list are the peo...