The Bush administration may not have seen the light -- but they have seen the heat from global warming. Earlier this year, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced the Bush Administration's intention to list the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act, citing global warming and the significant loss of sea ice the bears need for hunting as the principal reason. The Sierra Club supports all efforts to protect the polar bear -- including this listing effort, even though designation as an endangered species without bold, comprehensive action on global warming will not be enough to save the animal.
Until our nation decreases its reliance on the polluting energy sources that cause global warming, the polar ice caps will continue to melt away. Some analysts believe the arctic icecap could totally disappear by the year 2050, which would be a catastrophe for polar bears and us.
Let Secretary Kempthorne know today that you support saving the polar bear through a combination of federal protection and responsible energy policy.
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Allison Rogers, crowned Miss Rhode Island in April 2006, is a Harvard graduate and a fantastic piano player. She's also now traveling her state to raise awareness about global warming and promote energy conservation. (No jet travel needed in this case.) As part of her "Go Green! Global Warming Awareness" platform, Allison plans to lead a neighborhood walk and volunteer for several phone banks for the Sierra Club's Cool Cities campaign this spring.
The work of the Sierra Club is highlighted in a groundbreaking PBS documentary that tells the story of how environmental advocates and a major corporation ended up working together to decommission a dam and restore a river for native fish. A River Reborn: The Restoration of Fossil Creek also highlights the importance of university research to inform decisions by the many resource agencies that carried out the river restoration.
If you would like to see this documentary on your local PBS station, please contact them right away. The National Educational Telecommunications Association will provide a satellite feed to all PBS stations on March 10th, so please urge your PBS Program Director to download a copy and program it during prime time. If you need contact information for your local station, simply visit: www.pbs.org/stationfinder and enter your zip code.
For more information about A River Reborn, visit their site here.
Want to know what it's really like to live like an environmentalist in Hollywood? You can find out by listening to Ed Begley, Jr. -- perhaps tinsel town's greenest star -- who was recently interviewed on Sierra Club Radio.
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