Explore, enjoy, and protect the planet!
On September 25, 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed legislation establishing America's second national park. Created to protect the giant sequoia trees from logging, Sequoia National Park was the first national park formed to protect a living organism: sequoiadendron giganteum. (📷: @henvic) #sequoia #sequoias #sequoianationalpark #nature #trees
Celebrating the work of @yearsofliving @fromtheashesfilm
@aninconvenienttruth and more at @green4ema #emaawards #emaawards2017!
Such a treat to see new parents and old friends Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed at the EMA Awards last night, with @iamnikkireed @carterooster
@amysmarthouse26 @iansomerhalder #iansomerhalder #nikkireed
It's Sea Otter Awareness Week! The adorable sea otter was hunted by fur traders to near extinction in the 19th century but became protected under the Marine Mammal Protection and Endangered Species Acts in the 1970s.
When you symbolically adopt a wild animal, your donation will support our work, including continued conservation efforts to protect sea otters inOlympic National Park in Washington and other magnificent wild places. Use code SEAOTTER for 15% off at sc.org/seaotter2017
We asked @unwearytraveler why he hikes. His answer: "I'm fascinated with landscapes, always wondering things like 'how did that form,' or 'how far is that,' or 'I wonder if I can get up there,' and I'm always compelled to go find out. It's like a little-kid love of nature. I used to be obsessed with bugs and frogs, climbing trees, and digging holes, and I guess nothing has really changed but now it's on a grown-up scale. I've found mountains and canyons and wilderness. But the little kid never really goes away. Anywhere there is nature, there is something new to discover, even if it's a park in the middle of the city. I think that everyone should try to remember their fascination with nature by getting outside and exploring it, and we should all cherish every bit of the landscapes we have. That's why I'm doing the Sierra Club hiking challenge this October!"
"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face." ~ John Donne
Your Ray of Hope taken by photographer Fred Moore of the Eastern Sierras in California.
Did you know you can get our photo and quote every weekday by email? Sign up at sc.org/droh for your Daily Ray of Hope today! #DROH
Today is World Car Free Day, when motorists are encouraged to give up their cars for a day and the improvement of mass transit, cycling and walking, and the development of communities where jobs are closer to home and where shopping is within walking distance are promoted. #publictransport #publictransit #greentransportation #bicycle #bicycles #carfreeday #walking #cycling
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We must shift to clean, renewable energy to protect our most vulnerable communities on the frontlines of dangerous pollution and climate change; when utility monopolies fight against fair #solarforall policies, they are harming low-income communities of color the most.
Our friend @JohnLeguizamo breaks down some of the reasons why solar energy is worth fighting for. Check out the video at sc.org/solar101vid #solar #cleanenergy #renewableenergy #renewables #beyondcoal #readyfor100 #ActOnClimate #netmetering
Just now, the Borough of West Chester, Pennsylvania became the 45th municipality in the United States and second in Pennsylvania to commit to transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy!
The borough council voted unanimously to establish a goal of moving West Chester to 100% clean renewable electricity by 2035 and 100% renewable energy for heat and transportation by 2050, just a week after nearby Phoenixville made a similar 100% commitment. West Chester is #ReadyFor100!
Another pair of commitments for 100% clean energy! Last week, Hillsborough and surrounding Orange County, North Carolina and Phoenixville, Pennsylvania became the 43rd and 44th municipalities to commit to transition to 100% clean and renewable energy this week. The two communities are the first in each of their states to make the commitment, proof that renewable energy is taking hold across the country. Communities in 22 states are now committed to or already powered by 100% renewable sources like solar or wind. Take action and learn more at sc.org/cities4344 #cleanenergy #renewableenergy #renewables #readyfor100
What makes a pirate irate?
Drilling in the Arrrrrctic!
Go to sc.org/nodrillingmatey and tell Congress to stop all plans for Arctic drilling! #TalkLikeAPirateDay #pirate #pirates #walrus #walruses #polarbear #polarbears #fossilfuels #protectthearctic #protectthearcticrefuge #nodrilling #nodrillinginthearctic
Trump is asking U.S. taxpayers to pay billions for his "big, beautiful wall" that would cut border towns, tribal lands and wildlife migration corridors down the middle.
Tell Congress to say NO to border wall funding: go to sc.org/nowall to send your message! #builddreamsnotwalls #nowall #noborderwall (🎥 footage: Russ McSpadden)
The devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, Florida, and Georgia is simply unreal – and the storm continues to make its way through the Carolinas. We're asking for all hands on deck to help with recovery efforts -- if you're able, please consider creating a fundraising page to support community-based partners in emergency relief: http://sc.org/IrmaTS
#ThrowbackThursday to the solar eclipse over @GreatSandDunesNPS on Aug 21, 2017
To capture a partial solar eclipse in a landscape, photographers developed an image with two different exposures - one of the eclipsed sun using a solar filter to protect the camera's sensor and photographer's eyes, and one unfiltered of the landscape below the sun. In this photo, the eclipse was captured at 11:46 am local time during its 85% peak in Southern Colorado. #greatsanddunes #eclipse #2017eclipse #eclipse2017 #solareclipse #solareclipse2017 #2017solareclipse #otherwordly #prairiesunflower #dunes #solareclipsesunflowers #TBT
150 mayors across 33 states are #ReadyFor100% renewable energy in their cities! Powering their communities with 100% clean energy is good for people, jobs, and the economy and would reduce greenhouse gas pollution equivalent to taking 12.5 million cars off the road. Thanks to every person who has written to and called their mayors to get to this milestone!
Read more at sc.org/150mayors about why mayors from Honolulu, HI, to Phoenix, AZ, to Abita Springs, LA, share the same goal
This #LaborDay, we're proud to say that America Needs Unions, because when more working people have a strong voice in a union, our movement has more power in numbers to tackle the climate crisis. When more working people have the right to unite in unions, they can be a powerful voice in the progressive movement on clean air and water, climate, healthcare, racial justice, immigration, education, LGBTQ rights and all issues that matter to working families. #unions #union
#throwbackthursday to Thomas Middleditch's flyover of a coal ash pit. Take action to protect the Clean Water Rule at sc.org/cleanwaterrule
#TBT #Repost @tombini
Last week @sierraclub and @altamaha_riverkeeper showed me what life after a coal plant is shut down looks like. We went to Sinclair Lake in Georgia to see three separate cesspools which sit behind the retired Plant Harllee Branch coal plant filled with coal ash and more chemicals than I can remember (I did remember arsenic and mercury though). They constantly leak into the lake through secret and illegal overflows. The plan to "clean" the cesspools currently falls short of what's required to keep the residents and wildlife safe. Cancer rates among other afflictions are high in the area. Efforts are ongoing to clean things the right way but pushback is constant from Georgia Power (go figure). We have to move on from coal and other fossil fuels. Let's spend all the money trying to revitalize a dying industry on retraining all the fine working folks that made the coal companies rich into a sector that has actual growth. Let's be honest about the short and long term effects of coal and stop lying to small towns across this country. Many more plants just like this are still up and running. The Donald follows me, right? Donny, baby, stop being a prick. What about you, Scott Pruitt? Scotty, sweetie, maybe take a break from assaulting every aspect of the environment? Thanks. See you at home. Luv u. #beyondcoal #coal #coalash
See a map of toxic sites in the vicinity of Hurricane Harvey: sc.org/harveytoxicsites Please tag your friends to get this to folks on the ground that need this information.
For decades, Houston has been home to an immense concentration of chemical and plastics plants, oil and gas refineries, Superfund sites, fossil fuel plants, and wastewater discharge treatment plants among others, threatening the surrounding communities. The overwhelming majority of these facilities were constructed in communities of color, only adding to the burden felt from this disaster. Now, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the threat posed by these facilities has been magnified. The map we've put together details some of the major plants, refineries, and facilities that are posing heightened threats to the 25 counties most affected by Harvey. It will be updated as we learn of actual reported and confirmed instances of releases, spills or accidents. Go to sc.org/harveytoxicsites to see the map. And tag your friends to spread the word. #harvey #harvey2017 #hurricaneharvey #hurricaneharvey2017 #hurricanharvey #hurricane #toxic #toxicsites #danger #oil #gas #chemicals
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone across Texas and the Gulf Coast facing the landfall of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.
We've heard folks asking how they can help, and one way is by creating a fundraising page. Every dollar you raise will go toward groups working on the ground to mitigate the hurricane’s environmental effects—from chemical hazards to structural damage—and support urgent relief efforts. Learn more at the link in our profile or at sc.org/harveyhelp
Thank you for stepping up for our neighbors at this horrific and heartbreaking moment. #Harvey #HurricaneHarvey #HarveyHelp #AJustHarveyRecovery #DisasterRelief #Donate
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone across Texas and the Gulf Coast facing the landfall of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. The storm has already brought historic rain and flooding, and is expected to continue through the week. Already some have lost loved ones and many will have to rebuild their homes; all are dealing with their sense of home being ripped away. Unfortunately, the damage and heartbreak continues to be felt but it will not break the bonds of our community.
First responders, emergency service staff, and everyday people are helping residents to safety, providing warm meals, and working to establish a sense of peace in the wake of this disaster. We hold these heroes in our thoughts as well. @huffpost’s @leemoran & @godzilary19 put together some suggestions on how to help those those facing the effects of Hurricane Harvey now and for the days and weeks to come. Learn more at sc.org/2wApKLD #Harvey #Houston #CorpusChristi #HurricaneHarvey #donate #volunteer #donateblood
Yesterday, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke sent Trump a report that proposed downsizing our national monuments. He refuses to say which lands are on the chopping block, so we just filed a Freedom of Information Act request to make the details public.
In the meantime, we're telling Congress to block Trump's land heist and #KeepItPublic. Help us stand up for #publiclands: take action at sc.org/keepitpublic