Her identity is secret, but she's known to show up at transit stations in the Washington, DC, area, handing out literature in support of the Purple Line, which the Sierra Club's Maryland, Virginia, and DC chapters have been championing for years. Says Sierra Club organizer Chris Carney -- one of the few who knows MetroWoman’s true identity -- the Purple Line would link existing Metro lines and help spur development around transit systems instead of the Maryland and Virginia countryside.
MetroWoman isn't the only hero who sprang into action on Earth Day. Sierra Club volunteers organized Earth Day outreach events across the country, including a cleanup of Jamaica Bay in New York; a tree planting in Boise, Idaho; and the launch of a "Green Cities" campaign in Tampa.
Check out our Earth Day scrapbook.
If you were responsible for leaking nuclear secrets to Pakistan, Iran, and North Korea, you'd have a hard time getting on an airplane. But if you're Urenco, the Dutch-German-British company whose nuclear secrets were leaked to all those countries, well, come on in. And why not build a build a centrifuge uranium-enrichment plant in New Mexico while you're at it? That's the type of plant that's the subject of a proposed global construction moratorium until better nuclear security safeguards are put in place.
Find out more in "Dangerous Liaisons," Marilyn Berlin Snell's hard-hitting investigative story about the risks of the Bush administration's nuclear revival in the newest Sierra.
Isidro Baldenegro Lopez, a Tarahumara Indian leader from Chihuahua, Mexico, received the 2005 North American Goldman Award for his fight to protect Tarahumara land from the illegal logging. The Goldman Awards, sometimes called the "Environmental Nobel," honor international environmental heroes from each of six continental regions.
Baldenegro is donating his $125,000 prize to the Sierra Madre Alliance, a U.S.-Mexican nonprofit aimed at helping the Tarahumara and the Tepehuan pursue land-rights claims.
...that Puerto Rico has a higher population density than all 50 U.S. states -- more than 1,000 residents per square mile -- as well as one of the highest road densities in the world. The Sierra Club’s brand-spanking-new chapter in Puerto Rico is working to reign in unchecked development and protect the island's few remaining wildlands. For more, see the story in The Planet about the new chapter.
This just in: "THE SIERRA CLUB" will be featured as a puzzle on Wheel of Fortune May 2. Check your local listings.
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