Can Fiji Save the World?

By Newsroom America Feeds at 15 Nov 2017

The Sierra Club Insider

Bula, World!

As the COP23 Climate Change Conference got underway in Bonn, Germany, last week, Syria announced it would commit to the Paris climate agreement, leaving the U.S. as the only nation in the world that isn't committed to the accord. (Yes, even North Korea has signed on.) Fiji, the first island nation to preside over the conference, brings a powerful moral authority to the role after being forced to relocate whole villages due to sea level rise. Learn how Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama plans to use the "Bula Spirit" to uphold the Paris vision.

Photo by Yann Arthus-Bertrand / Spectral Q

Which 10 U.S. Cities Are Ready for 100?

As world leaders are gathered in Bonn for the COP23, cities and mayors across the United States reaffirmed their commitment to bold climate solutions like 100 percent clean, renewable energy. Today, the Sierra Club is releasing a new case studies report on 10 cities that have made ambitious commitments to be powered entirely with clean energy like wind and solar. Check out the report, watch and share our new video, and take action by sending them to your mayor.

Trump's Carbon Cowboy

"As a casting decision for Donald Trump's reality TV administration, U.S. Representative Ryan K. Zinke looked like an inspired choice [for Interior Secretary]," says Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune. "He even donned a cowboy hat and rode a horse borrowed from the National Park Service to his first day on the job in D.C. With lines like 'I shall faithfully uphold Teddy Roosevelt's belief that "our treasured public lands are for the benefit and enjoyment of the people,' he knows how to act the part, too. But that's all it is—an act." Find out why.

Interior Department Scrubs Climate Change From Its Strategic Plan

A leaked draft of a five-year plan reveals how the Department of the Interior will prioritize "energy dominance" over conservation. Read investigative reporter Adam Federman's full report for Sierra magazine on the leaked document.

Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Raise $30 and Get a Team Sierra T-Shirt

Spread holiday cheer this season by raising money that protects our planet. If you raise $30 by Giving Tuesday (November 28), you'll get a super soft Team Sierra T-shirt. This offer is only valid while supplies last, so don't miss out! Then join us on Giving Tuesday by posting an #unselfie—a selfless selfie that says how and why you're giving back for our planet. Create your holiday giving page now.

It's Not Too Early to Book a 2018 Adventure

We're hard at work preparing a thrilling new lineup of Sierra Club adventures. If you're looking for something to keep you busy in the meantime, why not check out the many 2018 trips already available and ready for reservations? Select from backpack journeys, volunteer vacations, snow trips, international treks, and so much more. See all trips and sign up.

Photo by Laura Bonds-Johnson

Navajo Nation Council Rejects Controversial Tramway

A six-year battle to stop a billion-dollar tourist development on Navajo Nation land ended victoriously for tribal conservationists and their allies on October 31 when the Navajo Nation Council rejected Grand Canyon Escalade. "Now families in the area can live without this threat that has loomed over them for the last six years," Tom Valtin reports for Sierra magazine.

Photo by Donovan Shortey

Remembering R.J. Secor

R.J. Secor, Sierra Club mountaineer and author of The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, and Trails—a Sierra Nevada "bible" to legions of backpackers and mountaineers—died on October 26 in Pasadena, California, at the age of 61. Secor completed more than 700 ascents in the course of compiling his magnum opus. "One of my goals in life is to go around the world three times and visit every mountain range twice," he told a friend. "But whenever I've wandered other mountains, I've been homesick for the High Sierra." We can tell, R.J. We can tell.

"Fierce Advocate for Justice" Rita Harris Retires

Environmental justice pioneer Rita Harris retired at the end of October after nearly 20 years as a Sierra Club organizer based in her hometown of Memphis. Harris cut her teeth as an organizer with the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center while volunteering with the Sierra Club's Chickasaw Group and the EPA's National Environmental Council. "Rita was among the Club's very first EJ organizers," says colleague Bob Bingaman. "She was a fierce advocate for justice, but always in a compassionate and inclusive manner. Her work transformed the Sierra Club." Read our interview with Harris.

Post-Apocalyptic Puerto Rico

David Ferris, a reporter for E&E News and past columnist for Sierra magazine, recently returned from a reporting trip to Puerto Rico. He spoke to senior editor Paul Rauber about what he saw there. "It looks like something out of a post-apocalyptic movie," Ferris tells Sierra.

Photo courtesy of Joa Rodriguez

New Routes, First Ascents Captured in the Faces of The Climbers

Legendary climber and author David Roberts reviews The Climbers, a new book that celebrates iconic mountaineers of the 20th century. Read the review in Sierra.

All photos copyright of Jim Herrington. Photos courtesy of Mountaineer Books, from The Climbers, by Jim Herrington.

Don't Confirm This Climate Change Denier

Kathleen Hartnett-White has spent her career undermining climate science and supporting the fossil fuel industry. Tell your senators to reject her nomination to head up the Trump administration's Council on Environmental Quality.

Your Investment Dollars Can Help Save Our Climate

Divesting from fossil fuels and investing in companies with strong environmental practices is a way for both large institutions and individuals to take action to accelerate the transition from dirty fuels to clean ones. Aspiration, a Sierra Club partner, is a financial firm that has investment products that can help you make a difference. Aspiration's sustainable investing strategies are not only 100% fossil-fuel-free but they also invest in companies with strong social and environmental responsibility. And an account can be opened with as little as $100. Find out more.

Bringing Vets Together Outdoors

"People don't always see veterans as environmentalists," says U.S. Navy vet Lornett Vestal, now a staff coordinator with the Sierra Club's Military Outdoors program. "[But] getting outdoors brings back the sense of brotherhood and sisterhood found in the armed forces. I want outings to help vets find a sense of peace and relaxation in the outdoors." This fall, Vestal co-organized a Hike for Peace for Atlanta-area veterans, immigrants, and refugees. Read more about Vestal's journey, and his work to break down barriers, push past stereotypes, and bring veterans together in the great outdoors.

Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Ends December 15

With the Trump administration removing or rolling back life-saving environmental safeguards, our families are more vulnerable to illnesses caused by pollution. And because the administration seeks to decimate health coverage for millions as well, fewer and fewer Americans will be able to get the care and treatment they need when they get sick. The open enrollment period to enroll or change your health care plan through the Affordable Care Act ends of December 15. Speak up to protect the Affordable Care Act and fight for the health of our families and our planet.

Memo to Trump: Hands Off Women's Health Care

No family should have to worry about asthma attacks and other health issues caused by dirty air or polluted water from the fossil fuel industry. And no matter one's gender, we all deserve access to safe, affordable, and comprehensive health care. The same administration that is undermining the safety of our air and water now seeks to deny basic birth control to women. Fight back against Trump's attack on birth control.

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