The Quinnehtukqut

April 2020

Chapter Chair Update

Chapter Chair Update

Although the chapter office has been closed, we are still working - advocating for our environment and the people of Connecticut. We are always working to help pass good legislation, protect our open spaces and forest lands, clean up our transportation, and protect our communities.

Are You Nature's Best Hope?

Are You Nature's Best Hope?

As professor Doug Tallamy says, “...conservation is everyone’s responsibility—not just those few who make it their profession.” As private citizens, we can help create a lot of positive change for the environment with some simple changes in our yards and gardens.

Earth Week Goes Virtual

Earth Week Goes Virtual

While we stay apart to protect our communities, we can still come together to take action to protect our environment. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with Sierra Club Connecticut by joining us in these actions you can take at home.

Political Committee Update

Political Committee Update

Exciting news from the political committee this month! In honor of their dedication to protecting the environment throughout their tenure in the United States House of Representatives, Sierra Club has endorsed Representatives Rosa DeLauro and Jim Himes for re-election.

Megadam Resistance

Megadam Resistance

Another type of pipeline is threatening to come to New England this year. Our chapter’s Conservation Committee chair gives us an update on a megadam proposal and what we’re doing to stop it. Learn about how megadams put our environment and health at risk.

Demand for Compassionate Entertainment

Demand for Compassionate Entertainment

The use of wild animals in circuses and traveling shows has slowly been declining over the years as public sentiment on this issue shifts. Find out what is going on in our state to protect wildlife from this inhumane industry.

Help Support National Park Proper Funds

Help Support National Park Proper Funds

Connecticut’s National Parks include a National Historic Site (Weir Farm) and a National Scenic Trail (the Appalachian Trail). If you haven’t visited these, maybe you have been to National Parks in other states across America. Learn about the U.S. Senate Bill supporting National Parks, and how you can help.

Turtle Crossing

Turtle Crossing

Last summer we shared the poems written by one of our members, dismayed with the danger that speeding drivers posed to wildlife crossing the road. We are now thrilled and inspired to share the action he took in his town (making a difference with each wild creature that is saved), along with his new poem.

Wildlife Committee Update

Wildlife Committee Update

Get an update from our Wildlife Committee Chair! As of this writing, the legislative activities of the Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) are postponed. However, earlier in the session, Sierra Club Connecticut submitted testimony to the CGA’s Environment Committee on several Senate Bills and House Bills.

Cutting Thousands of Ash Trees

Cutting Thousands of Ash Trees

In Haystack Mountain State Park, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection plans to cut thousands of healthy white ash trees considered threatened by the emerald ash borer for safety and to generate revenue. Trees and forests have never been more important. Is it worth it?

Legislative Update April 2020

Legislative Update April 2020

The Connecticut legislature, like the rest of the state, made major adjustments to the way it normally does business in response to Covid-19. Where did we leave off and what can we expect when the legislature returns?

Connecticut Climate is in for Big Change

Connecticut Climate is in for Big Change

Climate change will affect everyone on our planet, but what does climate change look like here in Connecticut? Will we still have a winter season? How will our summer nights be different? What about extreme weather? Learn what we can expect by 2050.

Environmental Resources for Kids

Environmental Resources for Kids

With kids out of school, we thought we would share a growing list of science, climate and environmental resources for kids from Sierra Club’s Climate Parents, with a few additions of our own.