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Some members of congress have a plan to reverse a growing trend that threatens the health and wellness of an entire generation. Call it indoorism, call it Nature-Deficit Disorder, call it whatever you’d like – kids are spending too much time inside.
Turtle trapping to remain open season
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Among several new initiatives being announced this week is Power for All, a global education and advocacy campaign dedicated to promoting clean, decentralized energy solutions as the fastest, most cost-effective, and sustainable approach to universal energy access.
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This year, the Obama Administration is finalizing the first ever safeguards to curb carbon pollution from existing power plants – The Clean Power Plan. The expected benefits range from extensive growth in the American clean energy economy to a huge step forward to tackle the climate crisis. And, according to a new study released May 4, the proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) will also bring immediate health benefits if the standards included are as strong as possible.
Green your bicycle with regular maintenance checks.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Tips and tricks on how to green your bicycle.
Illinois Legislature Faced with Competing Energy Bills.Phone Your State Senator and Representative.
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This week, on the big stage of the U.S. Senate, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) gave his hundredth and historic “Time to Wake Up” speech to Congress. These sold-out shows all center around one theme: the need to act on climate change.
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Though EVs are cheaper to fuel and maintain than conventional cars, they tend to have higher upfront costs. That's why we need consumer incentives for EVs to bring the cost down and accelerate consumer interest.
The Sierra Club Outings Program.The Outings Program was started by Club founder John Muir in 1901. He was convinced that the best way to persuade people to fight to save valuable wild areas was to take them into the wilderness so they could experience for themselves the beauty that needed defending. 
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The Michigan State University Spartan Sierra Club kicked off on April 23rd- we will fight for clean energy through our Administration’s not-so-perfect environmental history. We will push our Administration and energy provider, Consumer’s Energy, to move to at least 50% renewables by 2020.
Lay of the Land
Thanks to Shell, folks in Seattle have a new addition to their skyline: a towering oil rig named the Polar Pioneer.Following last week’s action by the Obama administration granting conditional approval to drill in the Arctic, Shell moved the Polar Pioneer to Seattle, prior to deployment in the Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska. This past Thursday, the rig arrived in the Port of Seattle, igniting a groundswell of Seattle residents, Alaskan Natives and tribal activists, and...
by Pam Mackey-TaylorEarlier this year, Des Moines Water Works initiated a lawsuit against drainage districts in Sac, Buena Vista and Calhoun Counties because those counties have failed to reduce the nitrates being carried through tiles lines into the Raccoon River.   The nitrates reached dangerous levels requiring expensive nitrate removal processes in order to make the drinking water safe. 
As you may know, the Sierra Club is lucky to have a strong and dedicated net of volunteers. The core of the Thomas Hart Benton Group is the Executive Committee, or ExCom. Anne McGregor and Winston Apple were appointed to the Executive Committee and began their terms in January 2015. Eileen McManus, longtime member and Outings Leader, was elected in January as well. We took our two newest members and asked them a few questions so you could get to know them.
2015 Legislative update
Iowa's 4" Topsoil rule, protecting urban topsoil, is being threatened by the building industry
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May Photos of the MonthShare Your Photos!Each month the North Star Chapter will choose five photos submitted by volunteers throughout the state. These photos will be displayed on our website, blog, north star journal and social media. To submit your photos, just snap a pic on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag (#northstarphoto), share it with us on Flickr, or email them to________ There is no limit on the number of pictures you can submit so snap away!
Sierra Club member Wendy Marquis talks to students about rain barrels at the Clean Water Celebration April 20 at the Peoria Civic Center.Approximately 2,500 middle and high school students and their teachers attended
Bear Swamp, Yellow Trailphoto by Edmund Ressler/CNY Hiking
Richmond, CA — Tonight, the Richmond City Council passed two important resolutions intended to protect local communities and the environment from the harmful impacts of coal and petroleum coke (petcoke) pollution; the first opposes the mining, export, and burning of coal, as well as the transport of coal and petcoke along waterways and through densely populated areas. That resolution includes a clause that would prohibit exports of coal and petcoke from ports on City land.
Sierra Club California 2014 endorsements of candidates for state legislative and statewide offices.
The following is a list of 200+ acronyms used frequently in the Jersey Sierran and in New Jersey Chapter Press ReleasesClick on either the acronym or full name for more information.
Photo provided by ArtRagePresentation and Book Signing at ArtRage GalleryMonday, May 18, 2015, 7:00 PM505 Hawley Place
Led by Local LeadersJune 2, TuesdayHike (2A).  Fordyce Creek from Fuller Lake (Seniors Section)
Maryland Chapter Blog
The Sierra Club (www.sierraclub.org) is a national environmental advocacy organization with more than 60 chapters, including at least one for every state in the US. The Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club focuses on protecting the state's natural and wildlife resources, monitoring legislation, sponsoring outings, and educating the public about pressing environmental issues (see ourhistory).
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This week on Sierra Club Radio:The Sierra Club's Devorah Ancel on why we need to stop the dangerous new trend of shipping oil by railBen Kilham, author of Out on a Limb: What Black Bears Have Taught Me About Intelligence and Intuition
Many rivers and streams in Maryland are polluted. This pollution can lead to fish kills, decline in important critters and plants, and destruction of the riverbed.
Volunteer to help us Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Planet.Here's how you can help the cause:Kim Gabriele, of Portage, Michigan, and her daughter represented the SouthWest Michigan Group at the Peoples’ Climate March.
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Memorials and Commemorative Gifts Honor Loved Ones by Protecting the EnvironmentDietrich BergmannDietrich was a man with great intellect, knowledge (technical and legal) and doggedness that made his immeasurable efforts crucial in working on environmental and public transportation problems in the US and Canada.
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