Sierra Club Blog Posts
MESSAGE FROM SHIRLEY DOUGLAS, OC
JULY 16, 2013
On a beautiful summer’s day – August 6th, 1945, I was at Carlyle Lake, Saskatchewan with my mother and father. I was eleven years old. We heard on the radio that a bomb like no others had been dropped on Hiroshima. The news dribbled in all day. “One bomb flattened the city…killed thousands of people, animals, all living things,” we were told by the voice on the radio. Aside from that, no one knew anything.... Read more »
It's summer and that means it’s time to get out and enjoy Canada’s majestic parks and wilderness areas!
When I was a kid, I used get up early on Saturday mornings, pack a lunch and head to the creek! That was my wilderness area where I forded rivers, climbed trees & scaled cliffs. You see I was an explorer, or maybe that day I was a soldier or some other heroic figure I saw on TV the night before. Down by the creek I was free and could be anything I wanted for a few hours every Saturday…until they built the golf course, that is.... Read more »
By John Bennett
Remember back in the day when a friend would send you a mixed-tape? Well here’s mine…
I didn’t know it then, but I had taken the first leg of a lifelong road trip. The bush, the flat prairie, the foot hills, mountains and the coast…I saw it all that summer (Hitchin’A Ride ♫).... Read more »
By Paul Beckwith
On March 23, 2013, I made the following prediction:
“For the record—I do not think that any sea ice will survive this summer. An event unprecedented in human history is today, this very moment, transpiring in the Arctic Ocean.
The cracks in the sea ice that I reported in my Sierra blog and elsewhere have spread. Worse news is at this very moment the entire sea ice sheet (or about 99 percent of it) covering the Arctic Ocean is on the move (clockwise), and the thin, weakened icecap has literally begun to tear apart.
This is abrupt climate change in real-time.
Can you be a 'Zero Plastic Hero' and shop plastic-free for an entire week?
A global initiative from the Netherlands called Zero Plastic Week (ZPW) is challenging people to avoid purchasing products made of or covered by plastic for seven full days starting June 10th. Re-using plastics obtained before June 10th is allowed.
“We have improved recycling immensely, but we seem to have forgotten the other 2 R's - reuse and reduce,” says Ries Mentink, Dutch co-creator of ZPW. ... Read more »
By John Bennett
It’s that great Canadian time of year...beginning of the camping season. In the thousands, we head to the Great Outdoors hoping to catch a glimpse of nature and its critters!
For the endangered Jefferson Salamander and Western Sage Grouse, it’s just like any other day -- avoiding predators, finding enough food and hoping to survive. They can’t do any more than that, so their survival is up to us.
Are we willing to leave them a little room on the planet or must we take it all away? Sadly, that’s the question facing Canada’s 300 endangered and 400 threatened species. Every day is critical… every day they inch closer to extinction.
RELATED: (Video) Where endangered species go when they lose their home... Read more »
By Paul Beckwith (May 25, 2013)
As I write this blog in the aftermath of the massive tornado that passed through Oklahoma this week, I have multiple computer screens playing live feeds (like the one in Diagram 1). This mega-storm was generated as part of the massive cyclonic system that passed over the central U.S (from May 18th through May 20th). It spawned many storm systems and severe tornadoes.
In Oklahoma, it took less than 1 hour for a thunderstorm system to develop into a full-blown 3 km diameter tornado of the highest size/strength (EF5). As you know, this tornado caused total devastation along a swath greater than 30 km long and about 3 km wide in the southern part of the city. Two schools and a hospital were destroyed resulting in heavy loss of life.... Read more »
UXBRIDGE, CANADA – Last Tuesday (May 21st) over 50 Ontarians and a group from Montreal rallied outside an industry sponsored conference in Sarnia, Ontario. The two-day "Bitumen-Adding Value" conference presented tar sands bitumen from Alberta as "Canada's national opportunity." Those who rallied outside the conference building disagreed.
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The European Union (EU) banned three pesticides (Imidacloprid, Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam) last week to protect rapidly declining bee populations.
Bee pollination is essential to the functioning of our ecosystem and the production of all fruits and vegetables. When bee populations start to mysteriously and rapidly die-off, it’s a big deal.
RELATED: Media Release, July 17, 2013 -- CLICK HERE
I, like most Canadians, don't like it when a member of the family misbehaves in public and I feel it’s necessary to apologize on their behalf (for the good of the family name).
Well this is one of those occasions. So here goes:
On behalf of Canadians, I would like to extend a full and sincere apology to Dr. James Hansen (or “Jim” as his friends call him). He is owed an apology for recent derogatory remarks by Joe Oliver, the Federal Minister of Natural Resources.
So what’s this all about? Oliver, Canada’s Oil Minister (as the UK Guardian recently dubbed him), was in Washington last Tuesday flogging the Keystone XL pipeline yet again. While speaking, he dropped the veneer of sober economic pragmatist and diplomat, and the real Joe emerged.... Read more »