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March 2, 2010: In This Issue

  • Host a Party for WildLIFE
  • The Best Internship on Earth
  • Avatar for Best Picture
  • 72 Hours for Clean Energy!
  • 57,000 Miles Without a Fill-up
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  • Today's green tip
    Road-tripping this Spring Break? Consider leaving your clunker at home and renting a hybrid.

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    Exotic Excursions

    Ancient and Exotic Excursions
    There are endless ways to explore the natural world. Luckily, we've narrowed it down to 28 new international excursions that cover 22 countries, six continents, and a few thousand miles. Join us for one of these special adventures.

    Visit an isolated eco-retreat in Costa Rica for yoga and day hikes through the jungle, take in Turkey's magnificent Mediterranean coast, or head to the Far East for a tour of Vietnam's natural and cultural sites from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.

    View more international trips or check out a full list of outings with space available.
    In the News
    Hockey Hall of Famer and Olympian Mike Richter worked closely with the Sierra Club on its "Love Winter, Hate the Oil Sands" campaign -- including this op-ed, which appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune

    Make s Splash

    Make a Splash
    Calling all shutterbugs: Prepare to get wet during the March Trails Photo Contest, because this month's theme is "Water."

    Anyone can submit a photo -- just head over to the Trails Monthly Photo Contest page, join the group (if you haven't already), and submit your best shot by March 12 for a chance to win a Sea Eagle sport kayak, Lowa hiking boots, and an Optimus stove and cook set.

    On the Radio
    This week on Sierra Club Radio:
    1) For the upcoming Academy Awards, Louie Psihoyos, director of The Cove 2) Cathy Harrelson talks with us about Hands Across the Sand, a recent grassroots action to protect Florida's beaches 3) Ted Nace, author of a new book called Climate Hope: On the Front Lines of the Fight Against Coal.

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    Mountain Stream

    Keep Mine Waste Out of Our Water
    Thanks to the 2002 rollback of a Clean Water Act rule, mining companies have been using America's streams and lakes as dumping grounds for untreated mining waste.

    Send a message to Obama administration officials today telling them to protect our clean water from coal-mining waste.

    Party for WildLifeLet's Have a Party for WildLIFE
    What is the meaning of LIFE? Glad you asked. It's the Discovery Channel's follow-up to the wildly popular Planet Earth series. If you're interested in the spectacular, bizarre, and fascinating behaviors that creatures like fruit bats, Komodo dragons, and humpback whales have evolved in order to thrive, then you'll love this show -- narrated by Oprah Winfrey -- when it premieres later this month.

    Want to be one of the first to see what LIFE has to offer? To help raise awareness of the need to protect all species and their habitat from the effects of climate change, the Sierra Club and Discovery Channel are teaming up to organize House Parties for WildLIFE in advance of the premiere.

    Sign up to host by Wednesday, March 10, invite at least three guests, and we'll send you a sneak-peek DVD along with tips for holding a successful party and materials so you and your guests can discuss what you learned and take action.

    Photo courtesy of Discovery Channel/BBC/© Edwin Giesbers/ 

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    The Best Internship on EarthThe Best Internship on Earth?
    Imagine a summer internship where you get to travel for free around the country hiking, rafting, and enjoying the outdoors. Sounds great, right? Suppose it also included a $2,500 stipend and $2,000 worth of gear from The North Face and Planet Explore? All right, stop imagining and start applying -- because it's for real!

    The Sierra Club's Outdoors Youth Ambassador intern will spend eight weeks this summer on different Sierra Club outings sponsored by our Inner City Outings, Building Bridges to the Outdoors, and Volunteer Vacations programs while video blogging the experience. Learn more about what we think is The Best Internship on Earth.

    Already have plans this summer? Then spread the word to anyone you know who could use a once-in-a-lifetime experience, because the application deadline is April 1.

    Photo courtesy of Jared Kelly

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    Sierra Club Trails

     Avatar for the Oscar?
    Do you think Avatar could win Best Picture at the Oscars on Sunday?

    We have to admit, we'll be rooting for it (and not just because of the awesome special effects). Watch our video to find out why.

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    Clean American Power Clean Energy? It's Your Call!
    This week, the Sierra Club is joining forces with dozens of other organizations in a "72 Hours for Clean American Power" call-in to the U.S. Senate. The goal is to let our senators know that we don't want to wait another year for action on clean-energy and climate legislation that creates jobs, builds our economy, makes our country more secure, and protects our planet.

    This call-in is only scheduled to last through Wednesday, so we've made it super easy to take part. Our clean-energy future is on the line -- now pick up the phone

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    Electric car New at the Crossroads
    Colin Summers drives a fuel-efficient Prius, but his wife has put 57,000 miles on her car without buying any gas at all.

    Learn about life for an electric vehicle owner in the land where the freeway rules in Colin's chat with the Crossroads Curator.

    We've also added a new treat to our virtual icebox: a "How Green?" food widget that we developed with a lot of help from our friends at GoodGuide. Ever wonder which organic yogurt or creamy peanut butter rocks the planet in a good way? Now you'll know.

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