Category: Our Chapter

You don’t need a big yard to start composting

You don’t need a big yard to start composting By Alex Parker Like many American families, my family struggles with food waste. From neglected produce to avocados that roll to the back of the fridge, it seems a lot of what we buy at the grocery store doesn’t end up on our plates at all.…
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GOTV: Our Climate Reality Leaders at Work

Our Climate Reality Leaders at Work to Get out the Vote By Jane Goldenberg Three of our chapter members — Don Viecelli, of Arlington Heights, Lynnea Wolfe and Audrey Young, both of Chicago — who trained online this summer, share their experiences with the Sierra Club Battleground States Campaign, which is targeting more than a…
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Newly Trained Leaders: Four in Focus

Newly Trained Leaders: Four in Focus By Jane Goldenberg While more than 60 people from our area completed their online training in July 2020, four agreed to be profiled: Oluwaseun Alawode, 32, an account payable specialist and entrepreneur from Chicago, Linda Kurtz, 54, an environmental engineer from Wilmette, Natalie Grimaldi, 38, from Logan Square and…
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Earth Week: Transportation & Chicago EV’s

Transportation is responsible for about 14 % of global emissions. Its damage is not limited to CO2. Particulate matter from tailpipes is a major contributor to respiratory disease and fuel spills have created some of the worst environmental disasters on land and sea. As with energy, a transition is underway that will demand attention by…
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Earth Day: Energy & Climate

Today we focus on energy and climate change.  While being sensitive to the difficult challenges the world currently faces with Covid-19, one thing is visibly clear – lower fossil fuel consumption has quickly improved air quality worldwide. From industry to transportation, energy to food production, fossil fuels touch most of our lives every day. Carbon…
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Earth Week: Food & Family

Food is an area where simple individual changes can have a dramatic impact. Did you know that agriculture and forestry account for 25% of all global greenhouse gases?  Here are some things YOU can do DAILY! Simple awareness and action can make immediate improvements. Reduce food waste – Roughly one-third of the world’s food is…
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Earth Week: A Day of Action – Youth Strike & Earth Day Live

Happy 50th Earth Day: Remembering Earth Day with Gratitude The success of the Earth Day movement is a true example of what can be achieved. As we discussed on Monday, the establishment of the EPA and the ensuing environmental acts paved the way for significant improvements to our world and outlined responsibilities for corporations and…
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Earth Week: Drawdown Solutions

The book Drawdown outlines key solutions for reducing or “drawing down” CO2 emissions to slow the damaging effects of man-made pollution. Updated research suggests that if implemented quickly, they will not only stem the crisis faster but at a lower cost than anticipated. Action now is key.

Earth Week: History and Hope

By Dorelle Ackermann Earth Day was founded by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and led by youth activist Denis Hayes as a national grassroots environmental demonstration “to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda.” On the 1st Earth day on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans turned out! By December…
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Guardian of the Great Lakes

Guardian of the Great Lakes By Jillian Melero Cam Davis used to think there was only one way to fight “the bad guys” — sue them. So, he put himself through night school at the Chicago-Kent College of law, specializing in environmental and energy law. But since then, he’s learned that when it comes to…
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