March 19, 2013
Landscaping You Can Eat
º Be a Kid (Again!)
º The Art of a Tree
º DIY Wind Chime
º Keep Keystone XL and Coal Out of the Budget
a Kid (Again!)
Family trips offer everyone -- kids, parents, and grandparents, too -- a chance to embrace the simple pleasures of
nature. Hike to scenic lookouts, swim and paddle lakes and rivers, or
learn something new.
Raft, kayak, and swim along
Oregon's remote and scenic Rogue River, trek the Grand Tetons in
the company of friendly llamas, enjoy a multisport family
sampler in Pennsylvania's Ohiopyle
State Park, or hike and help with
conservation projects in California's Marin County.
Looking for something else? Select from over 150 more adventures at Sierra Club Outings.
Learn how to turn old spoons into musical guppies. Follow our step-by-step instructions
to create your own silverware fish chime.
Photo: Lori Eanes
Keep Keystone XL and Coal Out of the Budget
Big Oil and Big Coal's allies in Washington, D.C., are at it again,
trying to attach several anti-environmental amendments to the Senate
budget bill this week, including approval of the Keystone XL tar
sands pipeline and Arctic drilling.
Votes could start as early as today, so it's critical that citizens and
activists like you start flooding Senate inboxes right away. Send an email before the
votes begin, and demand that Congress pass a clean budget.
1.) Aja Volkman, lead singer
from the band Nico Vega
Jasmine Ruddy, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina, on the
student campaign to divest from coal
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Best Internship on Earth
Do you have a
passion for the environment? Love spending time outside? Enjoy telling
your friends about your adventures? Do you want to have the Best Internship on Earth?
This summer, two young adults will travel around the country with the
Sierra Club's activist and outings programs and video blog their
experiences. They'll also receive $1,000 gift cards from primary
sponsor The North Face.
Submit your video
application by April 9, then share
it with your friends and family. The top five videos with the most
comments will receive a Sierra Club swag bag with a surprise from The
to Coal -- You're Outta Here!
Since Mayor Villaraigosa announced in 2009 his bold goal to get
Los Angeles off coal, thousands of Angelenos
-- regular people from all walks of life -- have joined the L.A. Beyond
Coal campaign in calling for the city's transition from dirty coal to
We are nearing the finish line and want you to have a front row seat to
a major announcement about Los Angeles' transition away from coal. You
don't even have to leave your office or living room to do so.
RSVP now for the livestream of this major announcement on Friday,
March 22, at 10:00 AM, about the future of coal in Los
Angeles. This will be big so you won't want to miss it!
You Can Eat
Spring has almost sprung -- it's time to start planning and planting
your garden. You'll find a wealth of information and inspiration in
Sierra Club Books' Edible Landscaping, by
gardening expert Rosalind Creasy.
Order your copy from the Sierra Club's online store
in the next 48 hours and receive a handy canvas garden tote -- a $16.99
-- as our gift.
of Change in Maryland
After three years
of pushing to harness Maryland's most abundant natural resource,
yesterday the Sierra Club and its allies celebrated passage of the
Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013.
Its passage will help develop a 200-megawatt wind project off the coast
of Ocean City, create more than 1,000 jobs, and spur wind projects in
Maryland and throughout the region, creating a significant new
sustainable industry for Maryland workers.
"Victories like this can
only happen with a strong, dedicated team and awesome allies,"
says Club organizer Chris Hill.
Art of a Tree
Could you think
of 365 different ways to photograph a single tree? For an entire
year, professional photographer Mark Hirsch has documented the life of
an ancient bur oak, a solitary sentry surrounded by Wisconsin
He came to appreciate the old tree's sweeping boughs, its sturdy
leaves, and the tiny insects that clung to the rough bark. The
photographs are beautiful, surprising, dramatic, and playful -- and
they all were taken with an iPhone.
Check out our slideshow
of Hirsch's photos and let us know in the comments which
images you like best. We hope you'll be inspired to embark on your own
Photo: Mark Hirsch
Clean-Air Champion at EPA
As head of the
EPA's clean air division, Gina McCarthy fought to get strong clean-air
safeguards and historic vehicle standards across the finish line, and
she was instrumental in placing emissions limits on new power plants
and requiring better fuel efficiency for American-made vehicles.
By nominating McCarthy to be the next EPA administrator, the President
Obama is demonstrating that he understands just how vital the job truly
is, and that he's ready to make good on his promise to take bold action
against climate disruption.
Please thank President Obama for
nominating Gina McCarthy.
Looking for new ways to be green in 2013? Here's one that could also
help you save money.
Consider auto insurance from
The Hartford, a company Newsweek ranked the "#1
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in 2012. With special rates for Sierra Club members and discounts
for hybrid and electric vehicles, you could save hundreds on your auto
Learn more and request a
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