The Big Easy goes green with oysters that fight coastal erosion and helium balloons that map wetland restoration.
A decade after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, the Gulf Coast still fights for the most basic of rights: to return home, breathe clean air, and drink clean water. Though the community has done much to rebuild green and start to rebuild the Bayou, there is still much to be done. Watch the video, then join the movement to REBUILD, RESIST, and RENEW.
The 10th anniversary commemoration of Hurricane Katrina gives me occasion to reflect on the early efforts by poor and working-class Americans and indigenous activists from throughout the Americas to lead the global conversation on climate justice principles to keep fossil fuels and carbon in the ground. Today, We are still fighting this battle today, and the residents of New Orleans are still fighting to prove that their lives and their communities matter.
On August 3, 2015, the EPA released its final Clean Power Plan, the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. The standard includes important, hard-won environmental justice provisions, and this post provides an overview of those elements of the plan, as well as next steps and tools for communities.
The most important lesson we can take from Katrina has more to do with people than weather.
Blocked from speaking in a true public hearing on three proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities near Port Isabel and South Padre Island, advocates for a healthy community and environment set up their own public rally across the street from the Port Isabel Event Center on August 11. The advocates, who oppose the construction of the LNG export facilities, spoke the words that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) would not allow the public to hear.
[As printed in the Austin American-Statesman, Aug. 28, 2015] On Aug. 18, the Austin American-Statesman published a syndicated commentary from outside Texas by Andrew Quinlan of the Virginia-based Center for Freedom and Prosperity, which tried to smear our organization. Quinlan’s piece was intended to be a counterpart to another commentary criticizing subsidies for coal mining on federal lands. The allegedly pro free-market Quinlan did not address the mountains of government subsidies the coal...
From a labor and economic justice perspective, there is a lot of good news in the final Clean Power Plan that the EPA released earlier this month. After listening to recommendations from unions, economic justice advocates, and their environmental allies, the Obama Administration built several key elements into the policy that set the groundwork to create thousands of good union jobs for people in dire need of them, and to protect the livelihoods of working families who have depended on coal....
Lifelong equal rights champion and former NAACP chairman Julian Bond died on August 15 at age 75. A friend of the Sierra Club, Bond was among 48 environmental, civil rights, and community leaders who joined together for a historic event - - the Sierra Club's first official act of civil disobedience -- protesting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline outside the White House in February 2013.
The final Clean Power Plan is a game-changer for clean energy, because it creates big, important new opportunities for renewable energy and energy efficiency in every state. This post provides an overview of the clean energy elements of the Clean Power Plan.
Three cities in SLO County may be about the break their silence on the Phillips 66 oil-by-rail project.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Your environmental news in less than 500 words.
Last week was a big one for me - I sent my daughter, Hazel, off to her first day of kindergarten. I'll never forget how she gave me a big, big hug, and then looked back at me over shoulder one last time before heading into her classroom, and into her new adventures as a school-aged kid. Later that same week, I had the honor of visiting the White House to attend a White House back-to-school climate education event, where educators and student leaders came together to share resources and ideas...
Dear President Obama,A few weeks ago I learned the rumors were true -- you’d be visiting my home state of Alaska! This is a big deal in and of itself, but I was really excited to learn that you will be the first sitting president to ever visit the Arctic.
The Sierra Club’s "Clean Power Plan for Healthy Communities" is leveraging the EPA's Clean Power Plan State Implementation Plan process to support strong and equitable carbon targets, to provide quality clean energy careers for people who need them, to protect front line communities from becoming co-pollutant hot spots, and to foster the health and livelihoods of communities and working families that have depended on the coal industry for jobs.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of whitewater rafting with a group of veterans from the InnVision Shelter Network. Right at the peak of a nasty heat wave, we got to spend the day floating along the south fork of the American River. Sierra Club’s Military Outdoors program organized these trips with UC Berkeley’s Great Outdoors Lab, who is conducting important research on the science of awe and the mental and physical effects of time spent outdoors.
Our guest this week is Hollywood director Ken Kwapis, talking about his new film "A Walk in the Woods," based on the bestselling book by Bill Bryson.
EPA first released the draft Clean Power Plan in June 2014 and over the course of the fourteen months that followed, the agency engaged in an extensive process of public outreach. It collecting over 4.3 million comments on all aspects of the proposal and hosting hundreds of in-person meetings with stakeholders. The agency incorporated much of the feedback it received during this process into the final standard, which reflects substantial changes from the proposal.
In just a decade, it has gone from King Coal to Coal Kills. From fueling development around the world to a dangerous, dirty mineral in steep decline.
As the Trans-Pecos Pipeline threatens the beauty of the Big Bend area, we urge all Texans to raise awareness of the pipeline's detrimental impact. Let's explore, enjoy, and protect our Big Bend. In that spirit, we are organizing a restoration service trip to Big Bend National Park. This will be the Chapter's second service trip at Big Bend National Park. Last year, Chapter members from across Texas came to help restore prairie and plant trees at BBNP (check out the video here). Plus, on our day...
Comments from the Chair, Robert W. Hastings; Save the Date! October 23-25, 2015, Alabama Sierra Club Retreat; September 12th, Alabamians for Restoration Conference: Rebuilding Our Earth and Our Communities; As summer temperatures rise, so does state-wide opposition to continued tar sands transport, storage, and planned extraction; America's Journey for Justice; Successful Settlement in Shannon Mine Water Pollution Lawsuit; Trails Connecting People with Nature
Thursday, August 27, 2015
The resilience people ascribe to the residents of NOLA didn’t end when they returned to the city; that’s really when it began.
In 2015, only about 23 percent of Kenya’s 45 million people have access to electricity, and this problem is particularly pronounced in rural areas of the East African country, where electrification drops to a staggering 4 percent. It’s clear that the question is not whether or not something needs to be done -- it is unconscionable to leave people living in energy poverty. Rather, the issue is how do we start delivering energy services as quickly and as broadly as possible?
In California and Washington, wildfire soot in the air might make the lunar eclipse appear violet.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
July is Earth's hottest month on record and the EPA may face legal action after its toxic spill.
Gary Rivlin talking to us about his new book, Katrina: After the Flood along with Dr. Leonardo Trasande, Dr. Samantha Ahdoot, and Dr. William Rom speaking on why we need stronger protections from smog pollution.
The rooftop solar industry and supporters of net metering in Nevada breathed a sigh of relief today, if only for a little while, when the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada voted to maintain the status quo for new net-metering customers through the end of the year.
For decades, crews of illegal loggers have traveled deep into Peru’s Amazon rainforest, cutting valuable hardwoods for sale on the international market while threatening indigenous communities, our environment, and the climate. A new documentary from Al Jazeera shows just how widespread illegal logging is in Peru and how that illegal wood is making its way to the United States.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
He tells us why directing the film made him want to take a walk in his own backyard.
by Wally Taylor, Iowa Chapter ChairThe Iowa Chapter has been at the forefront of the fight to stop construction of a crude oil pipeline planned to transport oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota to a terminal in Illinois, and then to the Gulf of Mexico.
The Powder River Basin, stretching from northeast Wyoming into southern Montana, generates 40 percent of our nation's coal, more than any other region. Much of this coal comes from taxpayer-owned public lands. So why are coal companies being given a sweetheart deal to extract it?