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The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
April 27, 2010: In This Issue
  • Is Your State the Greenest?
  • Over 1,000 Trails to Hike
  • Green Cooking Tips
  • Riders Protect Black Mesa
  • Enter the Paddlesports Contest
  • A $200,000 Check
  • Join Now!
    Today's green tip
    Protect your baby and our wildlife by opting for a sturdy glass or stainless-steel baby bottle.

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    Create Memories

    Make an Amazing Memory
    How would you like to remember 2010? Chugging up a mountain trail in the Rockies? Forging family memories in Costa Rica? Or maybe contributing to service projects in New Orleans?

    Firm up your plans with one of nearly 200 available Sierra Club adventures. Space is limited and many of these trips will happen one time only -- so hurry!
    In the News
    Sierra Club President Allison Chin appeared on CBS News Earth Day morning to talk about environmental justice at the site of a cleanup of the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.

    She's also profiled in the current issue of Hyphen magazine (see page 22).  

    On Tour with Ben Harper

    Rocking Against Coal
    The Sierra Student Coalition went on tour with musician Ben Harper and the Relentless 7 to raise awareness about moving Beyond Coal.

    Can rock and roll help save the world? See for yourself.

    On the Radio
    1) Lynn Henning and Humberto Rios Labrada, winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize 2) Jean Friedman-Rudovsky reports on the World People's Conference on Climate Change taking place in Bolivia 3) Green cuisine tips from Annie Somerville 4) Avital Binshtock from Sierra magazine with green gardening tips for spring.

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    Take a Number

    We Can't Afford to Wait
    Senators Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman planned to announce their version of clean-energy and climate legislation yesterday, but last-minute political wrangling is putting the bill in jeopardy.

    Tell your senators that now is not the time to delay on strong, clean-energy and climate legislation

    How Green is Your State?The Greenest States on Earth Day
    By the time the fortieth anniversary of Earth Day arrived last week, nearly 80,000 of you had taken our pledge to help green America with personal actions. The most popular pledge? Taking reusable bags to the grocery store. The state with the most pledges? California. Once you adjust for population, though, the greenest state in America on Earth Day was actually just north of California. It must be all that Oregon rain.

    Though Earth Day 2010 is behind us now, we're still receiving pledges. If you haven't already done so, make a pledge by April 30th and you'll also be entered to win a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii.
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    Sierra Club Trails1,000 Trails for Earth Day
    Sierra Club Trails marked Earth Day in a way that would have made John Muir proud. Community member Mike Hennessy posted the 1,000th trail: "Ghost Mountain, Marshall South Cabin."

    Yes, we now have more than 1,000 trails described on the site, and if you're going to hike them all you'd better have some comfortable boots. If you hike even just one of them, take a camera along and grab some shots for the next Trails Monthly Photo Contest. You could be a winner, like Kerry Roberts, whose shot of a ladybug taking flight in Chumash Park Trail won this month's grand prize.

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    Green CookingIncredible Edibles
    Sierra Club Radio listeners already know that frequent guest Annie Somerville (head chef at San Francisco's famous Greens restaurant) has lots of good advice on cooking fresh, nutritious, and delicious dishes. Now you can devour Annie's cooking expertise with your eyes as well as your ears.

    We've posted three short videos of Annie demonstrating how to cook perfect artichokes, make a delicious beet salad, and more.

    Start watching and get cooking!

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    Protecting Black Mesa Riding to Protest Mining at Black Mesa
    Navajo grassroots leaders saddled up last week for a 100-mile horseback ride to the Navajo Nation capital to protest coal mining on Black Mesa.

    According to Sierra Club Community Partnerships organizer Andy Bessler, who helped with logistics, "The horse-riding tradition is a time-honored way to advocate among the Navajo. Tribal leaders respect it as a traditional way to carry a message from home to the tribal council."

    At the end of the ride, nearly 100 tribal activists and supporters marched on the tribal headquarters to call for an end to Peabody coal mining on Black Mesa.

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    Win a Kayak and More!Win Some Fun on the Water
    Enter Sierra magazine's fourth annual Paddlesports Contest for your chance to win a Wooden Kayak Kit from Pygmy Boats, adventure apparel from ExOfficio, or a three-day paddling and dining getaway in Morro Bay, California.

    Explore and enjoy the planet on the water! The deadline for entries is June 30.

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    Help us Win!We Need Your Help to Win $200,000
    The Sierra Club Foundation is one of nine environmental non-profits entered in the Members Project from TakePart and American Express.

    The voting period is almost over -- ending May 24. The organization with the most votes in each of five categories will win $200,000, donated by American Express.

    Visit the website each week and vote to help The Sierra Club Foundation win!

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