Showing solidarity

What will we remember when we look back on the COVID-19 crisis? Will it be the moment we first learned we could no longer leave our homes for an indefinite period? Will we remember not being able to gather for family celebrations or even for funerals? Will our first recollection be of not being able… Continue reading Showing solidarity

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Connecting for Clean Water: First statewide Water Sentinels gathering a huge success!

Last weekend, Sierra Club volunteers from around the state came together for our first Illinois Water Sentinels gathering, hosted by the Eagle View Group in the Quad Cities. The weekend included presentations from water experts, outings to explore the area and witness the impacts of flooding, plus opportunities to connect with one another over shared… Continue reading Connecting for Clean Water: First statewide Water Sentinels gathering a huge success!

Reflections on HOW Great Lakes Conference in Detroit

Earlier in May, I attended the Healing our Waters (HOW) Coalition’s annual Great Lakes Conference. It was the coalition’s 14th (and my 4th) iteration of this conference, and this year showed a palpable shift in how things are done, who is invited to the podium and what content is highlighted. The conference booklet describes a… Continue reading Reflections on HOW Great Lakes Conference in Detroit

A night of adventure will help Chicago youth connect with the outdoors

Get your tickets for the Adventure Film Festival! This Sunday, Chicagoans will gather at the Music Box Theatre for an evening full of some of the year’s best independent outdoor films, delicious food and drinks and the warm feeling of supporting a good cause. At the end of the night, raffle winners will go home with… Continue reading A night of adventure will help Chicago youth connect with the outdoors

Illinois Governor Candidates Commit to Bold Actions At Sierra Club Forum

Sierra Club held its first ever Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Forum Saturday, October 14th at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a crowd of over 500 witnessed a spirited exchange between candidates who are rivals for the Democratic nomination, but in broad agreement that Illinois should do much more to lead on the environment. “It… Continue reading Illinois Governor Candidates Commit to Bold Actions At Sierra Club Forum

A perfect ride to visit GLRI success stories in Muskegon, MI

Muskegon, a town in Michigan at the southernmost tip of the Huron-Manistee National Forest, is home to celebrated museums, pristine recreational beaches, a top-notch performing arts camp, an amusement park — and two Great Lakes Restoration Initiative success stories.   Our ride into Muskegon was relatively flat and absolutely perfect weather – mid-70s and sunny.… Continue reading A perfect ride to visit GLRI success stories in Muskegon, MI

Spring & Summer Pollinator Events In Illinois

Wed 5/17/17 Weed (the verb) and Wine at the EVG Garden Eagle View Group (IL) Sat 6/10/17 Churchill Woods/Glacial Ridge Forest Preserve Service Event River Prairie Group Sat  5/20/17 Pollinator Family Day Heart Of Illinois Group Sat 5/20/17 Spring Valley Native Plant Planting Project NW Cook County Group Sun  6/09/17 Gardening for Butterflies and Hummingbirds… Continue reading Spring & Summer Pollinator Events In Illinois

Standing up Together for the Great Lakes

Jack Darin introduces Great Lakes advocates at this morning’s press conference You may have heard the latest bad news for the Great Lakes- the President’s proposed budget is expected to include a 97% cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), a fund that the EPA receives and distributes to groups doing work on the ground to… Continue reading Standing up Together for the Great Lakes