Red Gold is a documentary about the proposed open-pit and underground mine at the headwaters of the Kvichak and Nushagak rivers in Bristol Bay, Alaksa. This region of southwest Alaska is home to the two most prolific sockeye salmon runs left in the world. Two mining companies, Northern Dynasty Minerals and Anglo American have partnered to propose this mine. The exploration site is the second largest combined deposit of copper, gold and molybdenum every discovered. Despite promises of a clean project by officials, the accident-plagued history of hard rock mining has wrought one of the biggest land use battles Alaska has ever faced. Documenting the growing unrest among native, commercial and sport fishermen, Red Gold is a portrait of a unique way of life that won't survive if the salmon don't return with Bristol Bay's tide.
Please join us for our Annual End of Year Volunteer Celebration
It’s time again for us to celebrate each other, our friendships, and our work together.
We’ll have food, beverage, and entertainment, and, most of all, we’ll have great company and good times. As always, there will be no fundraising at the event, just fun.
When: Friday, December 9th; 6:30 to 10:pm
Featured Speaker: Graham Taylor, Volunteer Coordinator, Greater Puget Sound Eco-Region
Hosted at REI, Lynnwood in Alderwood Mall.
Anchored by three National Parks -- Olympic, Mt. Rainier and the North Cascades, along with adjacent National Forest wilderness areas -- the Greater Puget Sound Region is home to a stunning array of wildlife, and provides us with clean water, recreation opportunities and healthy local economies.
From snowcaps to whitecaps, the region is feeling the pressure from climate change and other activities as evidenced by receding glaciers, dangerous warming of important salmon streams, increased flooding, massive private forest land conversions to non-forest uses, and increased fire threats on the east side of the Cascades. The Resilient Habitats campaign seeks to bring attention and protection to the region's wildlife, such as orca whales and Pacific salmon, wild lands, and human communities that coexist in these unique and fragile ecosystems.
August 24, 2010
Washington refineries are responsible for almost 8% of state’s global warming pollution output
SEATTLE, Wash – Today, Washington Environmental Council and the Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club sent a 60-day notice of their intent to file a lawsuit in federal court seeking regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from BP’s Cherry Point oil refinery and four other oil refineries in Washington State. Together Washington refineries account for an estimated 8% of the state’s global warming pollution output, making the sector one of the largest single contributors of greenhouse gas emissions in Washington.
The Sierra Club is a founding member of the Wild Olympics Campaign, a coalition working to protect watersheds on the Olympic Peninsula.
Just a few of days ago, the Wild Olympics Campaign launched its official campaign website: www.wildolympics.org
Over the past year, the Campaign has been reaching out to other local stakeholders to build support listen to concerns and get feedback on our draft proposal. We have met with timber interests, local elected officials, Tribes, conservation groups, backcountry horsemen, mountain bikers, businesses, community leaders, sport and commercial fishermen and other local residents. Along the way we have found plenty of support, but our work is no where near over.
If you want laws that will help solve the problem of global warming, protect clean water, clean air and our parks and forests, then check out our endorsed candidates and vote!
At Risk—Consumers’ Ability to Save Millions, Global Warming Pollution Reductions
July 6, 2010
Tacoma, WA -- Energy and conservation groups today filed court papers to defend Washington’s energy efficiency standards – standards that will save consumers millions of dollars and reduce harmful global warming pollution – against a lawsuit that aims to dismantle them.
The legal intervention by Earthjustice, NW Energy Coalition, Washington Environmental Council, Sierra Club, and Natural Resources Defense Council, filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, comes in response to a lawsuit by the Building Industry Association of Washington. The industry group has asked the court to strike down updated energy- saving standards for new homes built in Washington State, claiming that federal law prevents the state from requiring home builders to use energy efficient design elements in new construction projects. Energy advocates maintain the new rules comply with all federal requirements and should be implemented immediately.
Protect our water . . . one rain garden at a time!
Urban storm water runoff or rain water collects pesticides, bacteria, hydrocarbons, and metals and transports this pollution into the Puget Sound. To survive, endangered wild salmon and orcas need to receive clean, non-toxic water.
RAIN GARDENS - An Easy Solution:
Rain gardens are a type of low impact landscaping that diverts rain water into the ground instead of storm drains. The native plant species in the garden help collect, filter, and absorb pollutants from storm water runoff. The water then ends up in Puget Sound cleaner for salmon, orcas, and all marine life.
June 10, 2010
Contact: Kathleen Ridihalgh, 206-378-0114 x305
Senators Murray and Cantwell Voted against Murkowski Resolution that Would’ve Impeded Global Warming Action and Washington’s Clean Car rule
SEATTLE - The Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club praised Senators Murray and Cantwell today for voting against a resolution that would have bailed out Big Oil and blocked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from enforcing the Clean Air Act to reduce global warming pollution. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s disapproval resolution failed on a vote of 53-47.
"It would have been remarkably irresponsible to allow polluters to be exempted from even more environmental laws as oil continues to gush into the gulf," said Kathleen Ridihalgh, Sr. Field Representative for the Sierra Club. "Now is the time to crack down on these industries, not let them off the hook. We commend Senators Murray and Cantwell for taking a stand. The Senate did the right thing by rejecting this measure."