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The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
June 2, 2009: In This Issue
  • Introducing Climate Crossroads 
  • Win a Kayak or Paddling Trip!
  • New Book: Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind
  • Join the Sierra Club for $25 and get our eco-chic bags free. Click here.

    Today's green tip
    The next time you're craving a brew, ask what's on tap. Beer from a keg has a lighter impact than beer in bottles or cans.
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    Honest Tea Sweepstakes

    Honest Tea Sweepstakes
    It's true! Our friends at Honest Tea are giving away four trips for two from Sierra Club Outings, plus airfare and a year's supply of refreshing organic Honest Tea (total value: up to $3,250*). With 181 trips under $1,000 this year, there are plenty of options to choose from. Check out our full lineup of upcoming trips. The first drawing will be held on June 30, so don't dawdle!

    Enter for a chance to win.

    *Grand prize consists of a $2,000 Sierra Club Outings gift certificate, plus an airfare allowance of up to $1,000, plus 30 cases of Honest Tea or Honest Ade. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes ends 3/31/2010. Open to legal residents of the U.S. 18 years and older. Official rules and entry details are available on Honest Tea's website.


    Give Us the Boot
    Saturday is the American Hiking Society's "National Trails Day." If your fave boots have seen more than a few miles of trail, then we want to see 'em, too!

    Add a photo of them to the Boot Camp photo gallery on Sierra Club Trails.

    On the Radio
    This week on Sierra Club Radio:
    1) Richard Wiese talks about his new book, Born to Explore: How to Be a Backyard Adventurer.
    2) San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar joins the Sierra Club's John Rizzo to talk about a new plan to build the largest municipal solar power project in the United States. And more!
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    Help Protect Streams and Communities
    The Obama administration has taken an important step toward putting an end to the reckless coal mining that has gone on for the past eight years. Carefully reviewing permits for new mountaintop-removal coal mines is essential to protect waterways. However, oversight is not enough. To truly end the destruction, we need a new rule that prohibits dumping mining waste into waterways.

    Meet Us at the Crossroads
    President Obama can't solve global warming. Neither can Congress, the EPA, nor the Supreme Court -- not without you. But the solution will require more than our individual efforts. It's going to take a community that cares -- and is ready to do something about it.

    We've created a place where this can happen -- a new online community called Climate Crossroads. It's free, open to everyone, and more than a thousand people have already joined. They're blogging. They're organizing. They're attending EPA hearings and posting action alerts.  They're inviting friends and making new ones. They're starting up groups. Tonight, in fact, many of them are mapping out a new energy future at house parties all over America. But most importantly, they're exchanging ideas -- about saving on energy, about sustainable eating, about getting better gas mileage, and even about (lazy) gardening.

    So, what do you think? No really, tell us what you think! What do you want this community to be? How can we, as our President once said, be the change we've been waiting for?

    Join us at the Crossroads! Because together, we really can.  

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    Win a Kayak!Win a Kayak or a Paddling Trip!
    Sierra magazine's 2009 Third Annual Paddlesports Contest is your chance to win a Trak kayak, paddling gear from Kokatat Watersports Wear, or a paddling getaway in Lee County, Florida's Fort Myers-Sanibel region.

    What better way to explore and enjoy the planet than on a river, lake, or bay? See the May/June issue of Sierra magazine for more contest information. The contest ends on June 30, so enter today. You can enter online here

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    Inner PeaceOut-of-Doors and Inner Peace
    A new collection of essays from Sierra Club Books, Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind, discusses approaches to psychological healing that are grounded in the fact that we are inseparable from the rest of nature.

    Many of us instinctively know that nature nourishes our spirit -- but in fact this psyche-world connection has only relatively recently recognized in a new discipline: ecopsychology.

    Edited by psychologist Craig Chalquist and psychotherapist Linda Buzzell, Ecotherapy explores the links between the environment, spiritual development, and restoring community. It will transform your thinking about humankind's damaged relationship with the web of life we depend on.

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