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Gear Up for a New Year with Sierra Club Outings
Tick, tick, tick... that's the sound of
2012 winding down -- which means it's time to start thinking about next
year's travel plans!
Dreaming of watersports and warm ocean breezes in sunny St. John?
Winter wildlife and cross-country
skiing in the Vermont backcountry? A tour
of Norway's fjords and glaciers?
Browse all these and 150 more unique adventures at Sierra
Check. Tote Bag? Check.
Earlier this year, you asked for them. Now you've got 'em. Our National Parks Subway Map
tote bag and John Muir HIKE t-shirts
make excellent holiday gifts! Get them before they run out, and see what
else strikes your fancy at the Sierra Club store.
the Blank Checks
The natural gas industry wants to ship fracked
liquefied natural gas to other countries to profit even more, while
leaving our communities to deal with consequences -- including poisoned
drinking water, air pollution, and destroyed coasts.
It is up to us to tell President Obama the
natural gas industry does not deserve a blank check to put our
communities at risk.
novelist and essayist Barbara Kingsolver talks about her new book, Flight
Behavior, in which climate change plays a central role.
Change Hits Home
Ten days ago, for the first time since Hurricane Sandy hit, Sierra Club
Executive Director Michael Brune visited the
beachfront community in New Jersey where he grew up. The damage was so
extensive that the area is closed off and there is still no power or
clean water. Brune's family and their neighbors
were allowed to enter the barrier island for just seven hours.
Visit our new website, Climate Comes Home,
to read what he and others had to say and see the devastation.
Photo: Julie Dermansky
Sierra Club President Allison Chin joined 3,000 other activists on
November 18 for a march on the White House and a rally at Freedom Plaza in
Washington, D.C. Chin and others -- including 350.org founder Bill McKibben -- called on President Obama to stop tar
sands development, reject the Keystone XL pipeline, and promote clean
energy solutions to combat the climate crisis.
"Will America be the victim of climate disruption, or will we
be the hero of a clean energy revolution?" Chin asked. "I choose the revolution!"
On the Farm
Is it possible to reside in a crowded city and still eat like you live in
the country? In the Big Apple, a food revolution has taken root: New York
City has more urban farms and community gardens than any other American
We compare two different models for rooftop agriculture to get the dirt on homegrown,
Photo: JJ Sulin
What is Craigslist founder Craig Newmark doing
hanging out with the Sierra Club? Newmark's
"craigconnects" program and the
Sierra Club's Military Outdoors program share a focus on serving
returning veterans, military members, and their families.
Join our Google Hangout on
December 7, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, where Newmark and the Sierra Club will discuss the military
community, technology, the outdoors, and how we can help veterans.
Huge Victory for
One can only imagine what John Muir would have thought of mountaintop removal
coal mining. But he’d certainly have celebrated this month’s announcement
that the Patriot Coal Corporation has entered into an agreement
with the Sierra Club and other environmental groups to end its
involvement in this destructive practice. But other coal companies are
moving forward with plans to blow the tops off mountains and bury streams
all across Appalachia.
Send a message to the EPA, letting them know that protecting Appalachia from
destructive coal mining should be a top priority for the next
Kids in the developing world can play soccer during the day, and use the energy
stored in the ball to power an LED lamp when the sun goes down. After
getting kicked around for 30 minutes, the Soccket
can power an LED lamp for three hours.
We talk with inventor Jessica O. Matthews about how this
game-changing ball works and what it means for people who rely on
polluting kerosene lights. "People think serious issues require
serious solutions," says Matthews. "I think play can be used to
provide tangible things to people who need them."
Photo: Natalie Brasington
Save 20% at
Eastern Mountain Sports
Whether you’re planning to hit the ski slopes, catch some air on a sled
ride, or glide on your pond skates, you could save 20 percent when you
gear up for winter fun at Eastern Mountain Sports by joining the Sierra
Club today. With the exclusive, members-only offer you'll save on one
full-price item every time you shop for yourself, a friend, or family
member this holiday season... and whatever you do, stay warm!
Find out about your new
member benefits and how to use your discount at EMS.