Must-See Natural Rocks
º Climbing for Unity
º Spoil No More
º Silent Spring
º Encounter with an A$$
Want to spend time in a remote and isolated corner of the world? Join us
on one of these desert vacations visiting deep canyons, mountain scenery,
and viewing a diversity of flowers and wildlife.
on wildlife habitat projects in Arizona's Galiuro
and soak in hot springs in Texas' Big Bend National Park, or explore
a scenic canyon by train and foot in the Sierra Tarahumara, Mexico.
Looking for something else? Select from over 150 more adventures at Sierra
Our 2012 Outdoor Youth Ambassador, Joaquin Sosa, reflects on his amazing
summer before heading home.
And 2013 is right around the corner. If you know a candidate for the
Sierra Club's Best Internship on Earth
-- maybe you? -- keep your eyes peeled for the start of the next
Encounter with an A$$
If you've ever tried reasoning with a donkey you know that it can be a real
pain in the derriere. That's what Nolan Gould of ABC's hit show
"Modern Family" discovered while on a recent Sierra Club outing
at the Grand Canyon.
Before Nolan's encounter, he went hiking,
rafting, and mountain biking, and learned about efforts to permanently
protect this iconic area from threats like uranium mining and
Nolan's "Funny or Die" video!
1) Joe Romm talks with us about his new book, Language Intelligence
Deborah Nieman on her new book, Ecothrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a
Happier, Healthier Life;
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Protection for Chimney Rock
Kudos to President
Obama -- and all the citizen activists (you, perhaps?) who made their
voices heard -- for designating the new Chimney Rock National
Monument in Colorado on September 21.
Chimney Rock has been a spiritually, economically, and culturally
significant site for more than 1,000 years. Yet until now, Chimney Rock
lacked any protective designation to provide permanent support and
protection of its sites and resources.
A recent economic study showed that Chimney Rock’s national monument status will double the economic
benefits to the region within five years.
Must-See Natural Rock Formations
Much of our planet's
surface is exposed rock. Some rock formations have changed little over
the years, while others have been drastically altered to reveal a
timeline of earth's physical history. Here are some of our
all-time favorites and a few unique destinations you might not
have heard of before.
Take a cross-country trip through the United States to hike, climb, or
photograph these amazing natural rock formations. Publicly accessible, they
will remind just how small we all are, and just how astonishingly large
the world really is. How many of these unique
locations have you visited?
Big Coal was
licking its wounds after three municipalities in Oregon, including Portland,
demanded a full environmental review of proposals that would send
countless coal trains through communities and onto ships for
export. Portland joins Seattle and a growing number of Pacific
Northwest communities in opposing construction of
new coal export terminals on the coast.
"The idea that we're working hard to get off coal and then some guys
come here who want to send coal through the Columbia River Gorge in open
trains is crazy," said Howard Shapiro, a volunteer with the Sierra
Club’s Beyond Coal
Energizing Reads for the Fall
In Rooftop Revolution,
Sungevity founder Danny Kennedy reveals the truth
that the fossil fuel public relations machine doesn’t want us to know:
the ascent of solar is already upon us. Solar-generated electricity has
risen exponentially and employment in the solar industry has doubled
Law professor and NRDC co-founder James Gustave
Speth identifies a dozen key features of the
United States' "basic operating system" in his new book, America the Possible:
Manifesto for a New Economy, and envisions a
sustainable -- and plausible -- future for our country, laying out a
compelling case for "system change, not climate change."
On September 11, four groups of veterans
undertook mountaineering ascents of four summits to commemorate 9/11,
in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, Colorado's San Juans,
Wyoming’s Tetons, and Washington’s North Cascades.
The expeditions were co-sponsored by the Sierra Club's Mission Outdoors
program. Shenandoah Sanchez, a Marine for nearly 20 years, had spent many
nights outdoors, "extreme and otherwise," but had never
undertaken the challenge of climbing a mountain. Find out why he finally
did, and what the experience taught him. And follow Mission Outdoors on Facebook.
Spring Turns 50
A global effort to
protect the environment was sparked 50 years ago last week, on September
27, 1962, by the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.
When Carson died two years later at the age of 56, she left a
substantial bequest to the Sierra Club, including royalties from future
sales of Silent Spring.
Her legacy also led the Sierra Club to create the Rachel Carson Society,
designed to honor and recognize individuals who make a commitment to the
environment by including the Sierra Club or the Sierra Club Foundation in
their estate plans. Find out how you can help
continue Carson's legacy.
Spoil No More: 4 Tricks to Keep Fruit
and Veggies Fresh
Nothing puts a dent
in your day like discovering moldy, wrinkled fruits and veggies in your
Learn these easy, natural tricks
to extend the shelf life of berries, avocados, apples, and asparagus.