Why Sierra Club and All of Us Must Confront Racism

In the past week, our country and state have been gripped by protests fighting for justice, against structural racism, and against police violence that has killed countless human beings, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Now more than ever, we need our government to protect us all from threats like COVID-19 and climate… Continue reading Why Sierra Club and All of Us Must Confront Racism

During this crisis, support your neighbors across the state

The latest jobs report paints a startling picture of the U.S. economy, with millions of Americans unemployed. The last few months have been difficult for many Americans, and I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. If you are fortunate enough to be in good health and financially stable during this… Continue reading During this crisis, support your neighbors across the state

From Earth Day to May Day: Show Solidarity with Workers, Immigrants, Tenants, Prisoners by Joining a May Day Action

This post written by Caroline Wooten, Organizing Director of the Illinois Sierra Club. May 1st is a time when we usually gather to celebrate the transformative and dramatic changes that organized workers have won throughout the decades: from ending child labor, to winning a 40 hour work week, to winning safety protections through the Occupational… Continue reading From Earth Day to May Day: Show Solidarity with Workers, Immigrants, Tenants, Prisoners by Joining a May Day Action

Upper Mississippi River named America’s Most Endangered River for 2020

The Upper Mississippi River needs a Water Management Plan. This post written by Christine Favilla, Three Rivers Project Co-coordinator for the Sierra Club’s Piasa Palisades Group headquartered out of Alton, Illinois. American Rivers named the Upper Mississippi River America’s Most Endangered River® of 2020, citing the grave threat that climate change and poor river and… Continue reading Upper Mississippi River named America’s Most Endangered River for 2020

Earth Day at 50, And A World In Crisis: What We Must Do Now

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, but missing are the large rallies, marches, cleanup days, educational fairs, and other gatherings that have annually celebrated the role we can each play in protecting the planet.  These moments to show our support for our common home are of course cancelled by COVID19, as are… Continue reading Earth Day at 50, And A World In Crisis: What We Must Do Now

Federal Court Decision Raises Questions about a Permit Issued for Pond Creek Mine’s Wastewater Pipeline to the Big Muddy River in Southern Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 20, 2020 Contact: Amanda Pankau, Prairie Rivers Network, 217-840-3057, apankau@prairierivers.org Cindy Skrukrud, Sierra Club, 312-229-4694, cindy.skrukrud@sierraclub.org Williamson Energy, owner of the Pond Creek Mine in Franklin and Williamson County, Illinois, has applied for or received several permits needed to construct a proposed 12-mile pipeline to pump mine wastewater into the Big… Continue reading Federal Court Decision Raises Questions about a Permit Issued for Pond Creek Mine’s Wastewater Pipeline to the Big Muddy River in Southern Illinois