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July 6, 2010: In This Issue
  • Tips for Your Next Backpacking Trip
  • Freedom From Oil on the Mall
  • The Fearless Ed Wayburn
  • The Future of Conservation
  • Save the Everglade
  • Make it a Staycation!
  • Join Now!

    Today's green tip
    Keep old squeeze bottles from your kitchen to use as bottles for your hair-care and cosmetic needs.

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    Daily Ray of Hope

    Hope's the Antidote
    Need a counter to depressing images from the Gulf of Mexico?

    Visit the Sierra Club's Daily Ray of Hope group on Flickr to see inspiring nature photos from people all over the world.

    If you like what you see, you can sign up for our daily email with a photo and quotation that reminds us why we all work so hard to protect the natural environment.
    In the News
    Over at, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris co-authored a commentary where they actually agreed on something: the importance of offering homeowners an incentive to weatherize their houses through the Home Star program currently before the Senate.

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    The Best Intern Videos on Earth
    Our "Best Internship on Earth" winner Evan Geary has started posting videos from his travels around the country -- starting with a quick trip uptown to Central Park for last month's Outdoor Nation Festival and Summit.

    Warning: Do not watch while drinking a glass of milk. 

    On the Radio
    1) Supermodel and entrepreneur Kathy Ireland talks about the connection between fitness and environmentalism 2) Tips for greening your July 4th celebrations from Avital Binshtock at Sierra Magazine 3) Kristina Johnson gives an update on what you can do to help our nation move beyond oil 4) Amy Pennington, author of a new book called Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable, and Seasonal Kitchen.

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    Toxic Coal Ash

    2,000 Toxic Sites…
    Have you submitted your comment to the EPA about coal-ash waste sites yet?

    If you haven't, watch our video and speak up

    BackpackingGo Light, Eat Right, and Never Get Lost
    Sierra magazine has three new articles online that you'll want to read before you plan your next backpacking trip, whether it's for tips or inspiration.

    "Lighten Up," examines the three "f's" of ultralight hiking (farther, faster, and funner).

    "Backcountry Locavore" celebrates the joy of plucking your wilderness dinner from a mountain lake instead of a foil packet.

    And "North Star 2.0" rounds up high-tech navigation devices.
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    Freedom from OilFlying the Flags
    The Sierra Club got an early start on celebrating the 4th last week by planting 10,000 flags on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., spelling out "FREEDOM FROM OIL," in giant letters in front of the Washington Monument.

    The flags represent the tens of thousands of Americans who have asked President Obama to respond to the BP disaster in the Gulf with a bold plan to move America off of oil and into a clean energy.

    "We need President Obama to lay the path to oil independence," said Club Executive Director Michael Brune during his remarks at the event. As he spoke, Marine 1, the helicopter that carries the President of the United States, flew overhead. 

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    Photo Credit: Jenna Wandres

    Sierra Club Trails

    Ed WayburnThe Greatest Sierran?
    The most iconic figure in the Sierra Club's history is undoubtedly John Muir. But after reading Harold Gilliam's profile of the late Edgar Wayburn, MD, you might wonder whether the title of all-time-greatest Sierra Club leader should actually go to the man responsible for saving more American wilderness than any other private citizen.

    Whether facing down grizzly bears in Alaska or persuading hostile bureaucrats in D.C., Dr. Wayburn, who passed away in March at the age of 103, was audacious, fearless -- and spectacularly effective in his quest to guard the wilderness legacy of all Americans. 

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    WildlifeConservation's Future
    As part of its Great Outdoors Initiative, the Obama administration is holding public listening sessions around the country, including one this week in Los Angeles, to foster a national dialogue about conservation. One of the issues the Sierra Club is calling upon the administration to address as part of the initiative is the growing threat of global warming to wildlife and wild places.

    Read our interview with Athan Manual in Climate Crossroads to learn more about why resilient habitats are so important to the future of conservation in a world that's already being affected by climate change.


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    Rescue the EvergladesHelp Rescue the Everglades
    More than 80 years ago, a road called the Tamiami Trail choked off the Everglades from the water it needs to survive. Cut off from its main water source, Everglades National Park has literally been drying up and sinking. The only way to save it is to restore its natural flow. The National Park Service now has a plan to elevate 5.5 miles of the road and restore that flow. While the 5.5-mile plan is less than what scientists recommended, it's still a solid compromise.

    Tell the Obama administration to move forward quickly as a symbol of our resolve to restore one of our nation's greatest wetlands.

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    StaycationKeep It Local This Summer
    Opting for a "staycation" to green your summer holiday doesn't mean you have to hang around the house and watch daytime TV. It's easy to plan a great vacation close to home -- without burning lots of gas on the road or in the air.

    Check out Sierra Club Green Home's tips on how to keep it local while enjoying your hard-earned time off. 

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