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The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
Dec. 07, 2010: In This Issue
º Gray Wolves Under Attack
º Babies of the Arctic Need Love
º Take Me Fishing!
º 2011 Sierra Club Outings
º Profiles from the Front Lines
º COP-16 in Cancun
º A "Dark Lord" Steps Down
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The International Business Times, on the 40th anniversary of the EPA, quotes Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune extensively on "the best idea Richard Nixon ever had."
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Drafts can waste 5% to 30% of your energy use. Start simple by plugging up a drafty door with a rolled-up towel.

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Last month, on a drizzly Sunday afternoon in Berkeley, the Lazy Organic Gardener sat down with Mr. Green, Sierra magazine's answer man, to talk about the new release of Rosalind Creasy's Edible Landscaping: Now You Can Have a Gorgeous Garden and Eat It Too!
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1) Author Jonathan Safran Foer talks with us about his new book, Eating Animals 2) Avital Binshtock from Sierra magazine shares green gift ideas for the holidays 3) Elizabeth Grossman on her book Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry 4) Recipe ideas from Annie Somerville, executive chef at Greens restaurant.

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Take a moment to help protect the gray wolf. Gray Wolves Are Under Attack

Gray wolves, one of the most majestic animals in North America, have seen their habitat reduced to just a few important places, including the Northern Rockies.

Only 1,600 individual gray wolves and 100 breeding pairs remain in the Northern Rockies, but legislators in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho are pushing legislation to circumvent the Endangered Species Act and take away their protection. Wolves could disappear from the region forever.

That doesn't have to happen. Tell your representatives to keep the Endangered Species Act free from political interference.

Photo: Larry Allan
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Show the arctic some love - watch their video! Babies of the Arctic Need Love

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And while the Refuge has long protected polar bears, caribou, and other important wildlife, it's also constantly been at risk of being opened to oil and gas drilling. Now it's time to show the Arctic some love and commit to permanent protection.

In the weeks leading up to the anniversary, more than 45,000 people contacted President Obama and asked him to protect this rare and precious wilderness. But that's not enough. We need everyone to declare their love for the Arctic.

No need to send flowers or chocolates -- just watch our Babies of the Arctic Need Love video, and then share it with your friends.
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Take me fishing: getting the kids outdoors. Forget Video Games -- Take Me Fishing!
We all know that kids are spending less time outdoors. That's one reason the Sierra Club's Water Sentinels program recently teamed up with other concerned organizations and rod and reel manufacturer Zebco to get more kids out the door and down to the local stream or pond.

More than 500 fishing rods and reels will be distributed for use by U.S. military families, providing an outdoor opportunity for kids who may be struggling with having a parent deployed overseas. The program helps kids appreciate the natural world and honors those who serve our country at the same time. That's what we call a win-win.
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Looking for a vacation, check out our 2011 trips! Coming Soon: 2011 Sierra Club Outings

As you read this, we're hard at work completing the full lineup of 2011 Sierra Club Outings -- more than 300 inspiring outdoor adventures stretching all the way from Alaska to Hawaii, the Lower 48 and beyond. Choose from wilderness backpacking, lodge-based family outings, volunteer vacations, trips on the water, and plenty more. All trips will be available for reservations starting Friday, December 10, at 8:30 a.m. PST. Be the first to secure your spot online or call (415) 977-5522 to book by phone. In the meantime, visit us online for a full list of current Sierra Club trips.

Photo: Jill McIntire - Hiking along Kauai's wild and lush coast, Hawaii.
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Read more about our Profiles from the Front Lines. Profiles from the Front Lines

Canadian tar-sands oil is the worst idea that most Americans still haven't heard about. But if the oil industry gets its way, this toxic sludge will be piped directly through our country's heartland -- threatening entire communities. We've profiled 13 ordinary Americans -- from Minnesota to Texas, from farmlands to inner cities -- who've already been affected by the scourge of tar-sands oil. You can read their stories in Toxic Tar Sands: Profiles from the Front Lines.
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Check out Michael Brune's latest blog post. Can a Coal Company Reinvent Itself?

If Don Blankenship weren't already the most notorious man in the coal industry, he certainly would have been after Rolling Stone published a scathing profile last week that called him "The Dark Lord of Coal Country." Within days, Blankenship suddenly announced he was stepping down as chairman and CEO of Massey Energy. What does that mean for the coal company that has been best known for tearing mountains apart and disregarding worker safety? Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune imagines a different kind of future for Massey in his blog post "A Chance to Clean the Slate?"

Photo: Martin Sundberg
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COP-16: Find out more about the climate talks in Cancun. COP-16 in Cancun

We're more than halfway through this year's UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico (COP-16), with nearly 40 Sierra Club delegates attending the two-week conference.

You can follow the experiences of the Sierra Club's Cancun delegation by reading posts at the Activist Network Cancun blog. Looking for a highlight? Check out this fantastic post by Sierra Student Coalition delegate Shane Hall, who explains why Cancun is a perfect symbolic location for global climate negotiations.
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