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The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club

June 7, 2011: In This Issue
º Big Coal Threatens Our History!
º Grow Your Own Groceries
º They Call Him "Chopper"
º Refusing to Bend

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Summer Fun with Sierra Club Outings

Summer Fun with Sierra Club Outings
Still not sure how you're spending the summer? Make it one to remember with one of our adventurous outings.

Enjoy a leisurely backpack route through Colorado's Rawah Wilderness, swim, hike, and kayak with the grandkids in Tahoe National Forest, or help rehabilitate one of the world's premier long-distance hiking trails in Newfoundland, Canada.

See the full list of trips on our Outings homepage and be sure to sign up for the Explorer newsletter for monthly updates on new and featured trips from Sierra Club Outings!

Whales: The Sea's Mysterious Giants

Mysterious Giants
Photographer Charles "Flip" Nicklin has spent more than three decades capturing beautiful images of whales. Who could see these photos and not agree that these amazing creatures are worthy of our respect, admiration, and protection?

Photo: Flip Nicklin/Minden Pictures

Dump the Pump

Dump the Pump
June 16th is National Dump the Pump Day. Start celebrating now by telling Congress and President Obama that we need a world-class public transportation system!
Blair MountainBig Coal Threatens American History!

Right now, mountaintop-removal mining is threatening one of America's most historic sites: West Virginia's Blair Mountain.

In 1921, 7,000 coal miners began marching to Mingo County, to unionize the southern West Virginia mines. Armed guards and deputies from the Mingo County Sheriff's office met the miners at Blair Mountain and a battle raged for days. Eventually, the miners laid down their arms, but the battle led to the advancement of rights for workers across the country.

The Sierra Club has petitioned the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to make Blair Mountain off-limits to mining. Mountaintop-removal mining has already destroyed 500 mountains and thousands of streams in Appalachia. Don't let it destroy our history too.

Photo by Mark Schmerling

Free tote when you order Edible Landscaping onlineGrow Your Own Groceries

Gardening season is in full swing with delicious backyard mainstays like tomatoes, lettuce, and rosemary. But if you're ready to try some quirkier crops, check out Sierra magazine's expert recommendations for offbeat but easy-to-grow fruits and vegetables that you might not have tried yet.

And if you want even more fun edible ideas, be sure to get the new edition of Edible Landscaping by Rosalind Creasy. Order online and we'll include this free garden tote (while supplies last)!

Watch Chopper and take action todayThey Call Him "Chopper"...

Power plants don't just spew pollution into the air, they also suck up more than 200 billion gallons of water daily using outdated cooling systems that kill billions of fish and aquatic creatures each year. Yuck.

It's not too late for the EPA to stop the fish massacre. The Sierra Club teamed up with Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Mark Fiore to draw attention to the problem and urge the agency to protect our fish and waterways by requiring modern water-saving, fish-protecting cooling systems for power plants. Watch Chopper and take action today.

Read Refusing to Bend in Sierra magazineRefusing to Bend

In December 2010, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation approved methyl iodide for use in the state, despite fierce and ongoing opposition from scientists, environmental advocacy groups, and agricultural communities, who say the fumigant poses a danger to farm workers and residents.

So far, though, no growers near the Central California town of Watsonville have dared to apply for a permit to use it. That's in large part thanks to a group of high school activists whose parents are at risk of exposure. An online exclusive feature from Sierra magazine.

Photo: Rowan Byers

Join the Activist Network
oceans.jpgMarine Team Takes on Capitol Hill

From space, the earth looks blue. The oceans cover 70 percent of the earth's surface, and they face environmental challenges ranging from climate change to gigantic "garbage islands" of plastic. That's why volunteers on the Sierra Club's Marine Action Team joined hundreds of other activists in Washington, D.C. last month for the Blue Vision Summit and a day of lobbying on Capitol Hill. You can read their behind-the-scenes stories at the Activist Network.

If you would like to join them in speaking up for the oceans, you don't need to travel all the way to Washington, D.C. The Obama administration's National Ocean Council is hosting listening sessions on ocean policy in Honolulu, Galveston, San Francisco, and nine other cities.

Click here to purchase Michael Brune's book Coming Clean.

Sierra magazine's Sixth Annual Paddling SweepstakesWin a Trip, Kayak, or New Paddling Gear!

Are you ready to roll? Sierra magazine's Sixth Annual Paddling Sweepstakes is underway. Don't miss your chance to win a free trip to the destination of your choice from!

Additional prizes include an AdvancedFrame sport kayak as well as paddling gear from NRS, SPOT, Werner, and SealLine.

The deadline for entries is June 30, 2011, so stop counting fish and get your stick in.