Clean air and clean water are becoming a "green bridge" between red and blue, left and right, evangelical and agnostic. Ranchers are working with conservationists to fight off the threat of oil and gas drilling on public lands in New Mexico. Religious leaders are working with a green coalition to restore coastal wetlands in Louisiana. Hunters and anglers are teaming up with the Sierra Club to preserve habitat in Minnesota.
Earth Day is on April 22, and it's the perfect time to celebrate the planet we all love and want to take care of. We invite you to see how the Sierra Club's new ten-year program, "Building Environmental Community," is building a bridge for neighbors from all walks of life who are looking to solve local environmental issues. Check out what we're doing in a neighborhood close to you by visiting our clickable Earth Day map. You can also get some other ideas for celebrating Earth Day on our Web site.
We're saddened to report that the Timber Industry has renewed its attack on the Giant Sequoia National Monument. This most recent threat to one of our greatest national treasures is serious and imminent.
Nearly half the remaining Giant Sequoia groves left in the world are found in a single vulnerable wild region of California's Sierra Nevada range. President Clinton proclaimed this area a National Monument in 2000. But now, under unrelenting industry pressure, the Forest Service may render this 5 year-old conservation victory meaningless.
Voice your outrage over the Forest Service's industry-driven plan that jeopardizes the precious Monument, and insist that its management be transferred to the National Park Service. Sign the petition on our Web site today.
With Earth Day just around the corner, this is a powerful way to show your commitment to one of the Earth's most beautiful natural treasures.
In addition, please consider making a donation to the Sierra Club to help us protect our wildlands and wildlife and stop big polluters from undermining environmental protection. You can make an online donation quickly and conveniently on our secure Web site.
Want to see the Sierra Club's vision for a clean, green America? Take a look at "Neighbors Together: Our Best Hope for Healthy, Safe Communities." This new booklet provides a list of practical solutions that we, as individuals and as communities, can use to get the poisons out of our air and water, to choose clean energy, and to exercise democracy. A limited number of free copies of this booklet are available.
In our last issue of the Insider, we invited folks to share their plans for Earth Day. Some of the many responses appear below.
I was born on April 22, 1938 and my sister was born on April 22, 1946. We celebrate our birthday on Earth Day each year by going on a garden tour together if one is available, and by adding a new bird feeder or planting something birds, hummingbirds or butterflies like. This year we will put in new water feature friendly to butterflies.
Donna from Grand Ronde, Oregon
Our family does a roadside cleanup annually in our small town. We have hauled off truckloads of trash. I started the tradition in Maryland on the first Earth Day in 1970.
Steve from Holder, Florida
I will try to patronize an environmentally friendly business and ride my bike/go on a hike.
Jay from Watertown, Massachusetts
I am going to go up to Lake Tahoe, spread out a blanket, sit on the beach, and make a list of 25 things I can do to make my life simpler so I can enjoy more of nature and people.
Lisa from Reno, Nevada
I have two-and-a-half year old twins and we are planting trees for Earth Day.
Penny from Fort Worth, Texas
Check out some more Earth Day plans on our website.
Whatever you do, get out there and celebrate!
Photo Credit: Sequoia (Robert Potts/California Academy of Sciences)