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A Path to the Future

Michael Brune | Posted 06.25.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

the Sierra Club Board of Directors has voted to offer our organization's strong support for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. We must ensure that the people who are the most disenfranchised have the voice to fight polluters without fear.

Two More Victories in the Fight Against Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.23.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

While the fight to end mountaintop removal coal mining is still far from over, we are celebrating today's ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the ...

Earth Day vs. Tar Sands

Michael Brune | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

If you love the Earth, you need to know some things about tar sands crude -- starting with how it would affect the climate of this wonderful planet we all share. Actually, "affect" is probably the wrong word. We're talking wholesale destruction.

Meatless Monday: Party for Planet Earth

Ellen Kanner | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Welcome to that fabulous planetary party, Earth Day. How can you best celebrate Mother Earth? Use more twirly incandenscent lightbulbs? Walk instead of drive? Good ideas, but the biggest present you can give the planet is to show some plant-based love.

Kosovo Activists Project No Coal on World Bank Building

Justin Guay | Posted 06.18.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

You would think the choice to reject dirty energy projects would be easy, given the rhetoric coming from the Bank and its president, Dr. Kim, on the need to fight climate change. But talk is cheap, and Kosovars are sick of the World Bank talking clean but acting dirty.

Amazing Chicago Coal, Clean Air Activist Wins Goldman Environmental Prize

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.15.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Every year the Goldman Environmental Prize committee selects an amazing group of winners from around the world to receive what is sometimes called the...

Moapa to Lead Powerful, Symbolic Walk from Coal to Clean Energy

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.12.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Southern Nevada's Moapa Band of Paiutes are organizing a 16-mile "Walk from Coal to Clean Energy" on April 20, 2013 in concert with Earth Day. This wa...

'Jersey Smart'

Michael Brune | Posted 06.11.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

Today, Greg Auriemma, a cofounder and the chair of the New Jersey Chapter's Ocean County Group, was honored by the White House as a "Champion of Change" for his work as a community climate resilience leader.

With Two Strikes Against It, Detroit Future City Must Connect With Concerns of Citizens

Patrick Geans-Ali | Posted 06.11.2013 | Detroit
Patrick Geans-Ali

How can you design a plan to revitalize the city and attract people to live here without addressing the pollution emanating from the industrial corridor and the Detroit Incinerator, which are so near the areas highlighted for redevelopment like Southwest Detroit and Mid-town?

ExxonMobil's Mayflower Mess

Michael Brune | Posted 06.10.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

No wonder ExxonMobil is doing everything it can to keep reporters and everyone else as far away from the Mayflower disaster as possible. The more the American public learns about the real cost of tar sands crude, the more opposition to the Keystone XL will increase.

Pacific Northwest Coal Ports May Be on the Ropes

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 06.09.2013 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

What killed Coos Bay? The port's press release blames it on a group led by the Sierra Club, whose arguments were both environmental and financial: Asian demand for coal is falling as pollution and the effects of global warming grow.

Fighting for Environmental Justice in Omaha

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.09.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Ever since President Obama invited the American public to a national climate conversation, thousands of Americans have taken him up on that offer by p...

Bay Area Protests Welcome President Obama + Send Clear Message on Keystone XL Pipeline: NO!

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 06.04.2013 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

Mass demonstrations welcomed President Obama to the Bay Area today and sent him a clear message on the Keystone XL Pipeline: Just say NO!

Protecting Northwest Communities from Coal Dust Pollution

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.03.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

This week, the Sierra Club, several Waterkeepers, and other allies in the Northwest filed legal action that put companies on notice for coal pollution...

The EPA Must Protect Our Water From Coal Pollution

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.28.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Here's a pretty shocking fact: While many of us know that coal-fired power plants create significant air pollution, it turns out they're one of our bi...

Who Needs Congress?

Michael Brune | Posted 05.28.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

Here's some more good news that happened in spite of the current Congress, which has been more interested in weakening the Clean Air Act than enforcing it. During the past two decades, the air in our national parks has dramatically improved.

"The Era of Coal is Over": Los Angeles Will Move Beyond Coal by 2025

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.22.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Today, after a three-year campaign by tens of thousands across the city, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined our L.A. Beyond Coal activists...

Sierra Club Blasts New Center For 'Sustainable Shale'

AP | By KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 05.22.2013 | Green

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Sierra Club and some other environmental groups are harshly criticizing a new partnership that aims to create tough new standa...

Environmental Leaders Making Herstory

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 05.21.2013 | Green
Jackie Ostfeld

While we should celebrate and lift up the women making a difference for our communities and our planet every day, Women's History Month gives us a nudge to do it now.

Lucia Graves

Massive Keystone XL Protest Awaits Obama At Fundraiser

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 03.20.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will be met on a fundraising trip to San Francisco next month by hundreds of activists urging him to reject a per...

Celebrating a Huge Offshore Wind Victory in Maryland

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The winds of change brought some great progress to Maryland this week when the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 passed through both houses of...

Calling All Role Models -- Including Elmo

Jackie Ostfeld | Posted 05.17.2013 | Impact
Jackie Ostfeld

Sierra Club's role models don't have red fur or say "oh boy, that tickles" when you squeeze them; they're just ordinary people like you and me doing extraordinary things every day in their communities.

DTE's Claims of Being a Good Neighbor Contradicted by Clean Air Act Violations

Patrick Geans-Ali | Posted 05.15.2013 | Detroit
Patrick Geans-Ali

Continued corporate tax breaks contribute heavily to the poor financial condition of these communities just as industrial pollution contributes to their poor environmental and health conditions.

Standing Up for Clean Water When States Won't

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.15.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Imagine that you've grown up in a beautiful, hilly countryside near many streams where you played and fished as a child. Now, years later, you can't e...

Sally Jewell: From REI to DOI?

Michael Brune | Posted 05.14.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

From everything I've seen, Sally Jewell has the potential to be a great Secretary of the Interior. Based on the Obama's administration's track record of protecting public lands thus far, though, I have to hope this expert kayaker doesn't find herself paddling into the wind.