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The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
June 8, 2010: In This Issue
  • Moving Beyond Oil
  • A Disaster We Can Stop
  • Environmental Cage Match
  • A Gift for Rush Limbaugh
  • The Best Intern on Earth!
  • Join Now!

    Today's green tip
    Get some green exercise. Stroll in a park, bicycle a nature trail, or paddle a kayak. Gardening counts too.

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    Get Outdoors!

    LetsMove! Outdoors
    First Lady Michelle Obama has launched a new campaign to encourage healthy lifestyles for kids that includes hiking and other outdoor activities.

    If you're looking for some great family hikes, you can search our Trails website and check out our family hike planning guide.
    In the News
    Michael Brune appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews last week to discuss Rush Limbaugh, BP's response to the disaster, and why offshore oil drilling makes no sense. 

    Win this bike!

    Heirloom Broccoli
    Greens executive chef Annie Sommerville has a new installment in her series of cooking green videos -- she and Orli Cotel cook up a dish that will have your mouth watering faster than you can say broccoli di cicco.

    On the Radio
    1) Tierra Del Forte and Heather Franzese from Transfair USA talk with us about fair trade clothing 2) Chris Palmer on his new book Shooting in the Wild: An Insider's Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom 3) Green cuisine tips from Chef Annie Somerville.

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    Call to Stop Pollution

    No Free Pass for Polluters
    On Thursday, June 10, the Senate is scheduled to vote on a resolution to block the EPA from enforcing the Clean Air Act to reduce pollution.

    Call your senators to let them know that polluters like oil companies should be held responsible -- not given a free pass.

    Beyond OilTime to Move Beyond Oil
    The news and images from the Gulf of Mexico are both shocking and heartbreaking. Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune was in the Gulf last week touring the disaster site for the second time. After seeing oil-soaked birds and struggling dolphins, Brune issued a call to action for all Americans who feel helpless in the face of the disaster and want to make sure it never happens again.

    It's time to chart a new course. The Sierra Club is organizing rallies and events around the country urging President Obama to develop a plan to move our nation beyond oil in the next 20 years.

    Ready to jump-start a new energy direction? Start by sending a message to President Obama.


    Stop the Tar SandsAn Oil Disaster We Can Still Stop
    With hindsight, the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico seems all too inevitable. Unfortunately, we can't go back in time to prevent it. But another environmental disaster that's threatening America -- dirty tar-sands oil -- can still be averted if enough people speak up.

    Watch our video about why tar sands oils is a terrible choice for America's energy needs.

    Then take action before it’s too late: Tell the Obama administration that we don't want a pipeline built to import the world's most harmful type of oil for the atmosphere.


    Sierra Club Trails

    Eva HernandezIn the Ring for Cleaner Air
    Readers of the May 28 issue of the Austin Chronicle were greeted by a cover photo of Texas Sierra Club organizer Eva Hernandez sporting a pair of red boxing gloves. The accompanying story, "Environmental Cage Match," detailed the EPA's recent efforts, in tandem with environmental groups, to compel the state -- specifically the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality -- to clean up Texas' air.

    Read more about Eva and the Sierra Club's work in Texas in Scrapbook.


    Take a Hike, RushRush Limbaugh
    After radio host Rush Limbaugh said that the Sierra Club was to blame for the Gulf Coast disaster, our supporters responded with donations -- more than $100,000 worth! That means that Rush really is the Sierra Club's biggest fund-raiser, and we'll be sending him a thank-you note on behalf of everyone who contributed.

    He'll also get a Sierra Club backpack (so he can take a hike, of course).



    Evan GearyWho Got the Best Internship on Earth?
    Back in March we announced "The Best Internship on Earth" -- a chance to spend the summer traveling around the country -- hiking, rafting, and enjoying the outdoors -- and creating a video blog about their experiences with the Sierra Club's youth programs. After narrowing down the pool of more than 800 applicants to just ten finalists, we've selected Evan Geary, a film student from New York University, for the job. If you haven't already seen Evan's video application, stop reading and watch it right now! You won't regret it.

    One of the first places you might run into Evan during his busy summer is at the Outdoor Nation Youth Summit and Festival, June 19-20 in New York City's Central Park. Many of the Sierra Club's youth-oriented programs will also be there, including Building Bridges to the Outdoors, Inner City Outings, the Sierra Student Coalition, and Military Families Outdoors.

    Thanks to everyone who participated -- and especially to our outstanding ten finalists, each of whom will receive a new pair of Hi-Tec hiking boots for hitting the trails this summer. Now let's waggle.


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