Thank you to the hundreds of concerned citizens who signed our petition asking that our government's systems of checks and balances be preserved in the US Senate. The filibuster and the rights of the minority have been saved -- but at a cost. For more on what yesterday's filibuster compromise means, see the Sierra Club's official statement.
Sierra Summit 2005 in San Francisco on Sept 8-11 will be the largest gathering of Sierra Club members in history. In addition to entertainers and speakers like Bill Maher, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Arianna Huffington, there will be educational seminars, environmental exhibits, and 1,000 delegates from Club chapters, groups, and committees coming together for what Club board member Greg Casini calls "the most inclusive direction-setting process we've ever had."
You don't have to be a Sierra Club member to attend the Summit or to take advantage of the early bird special -- you just have to have an interest in the environment. Early bird registration is ending soon, though. Sign up by May 31 and save $75.
With gas prices climbing to new highs, Detroit has finally caught on, unleashing a rash of ads touting fuel efficiency. The only problem is that for most of the cars in their line-ups, they don't have anything efficient to tout. (They do have highly efficient advertising agencies, however.)
See if you can tease out the truth: Take our quiz about GM's new mileage claims.
Are there times when it's worth paying an environmental price?
Author Bill McKibben, whose 1989 book, The End of Nature, was the first account of global warming for a general audience, thinks there are. He recently wrote an opinion piece in response to controversial plans to site ten wind turbines on a wild and beautiful ridgeline in New York's Adirondack Park.
In the best of all possible worlds, says McKibben, we could do without windmills. Instead: "Right now, the choice is between burning fossil fuels and making the transition, as quickly as possible, to renewable power."
Before the Sierra Club asked Ric Burns to make a documentary film about Ansel Adams, he'd never made a film about an artist. Now it's his passion. "What artists are after is an objective confirmation of their deepest intuitions," says Burns, whose award-winning documentary on the photographer and Sierra Club activist Ansel Adams was released in 2002. His most recent film is about Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, next comes one about Andy Warhol.
Burns, who will be a featured speaker at Sierra Summit 2005 in San Francisco, talked to Planet editor Tom Valtin about his work, the environment, and how making of Ansel Adams affected his views on the role of art in society. Read the full interview here. (Oh, Burns never met Ansel Adams, who died in 1984.)
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