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The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club

August 16, 2011: In This Issue
º Coal on the Carpet
º The Last of Their Kind
º Outdoor Nation
º Tip: Two Miles or Less
º Tell Congress to Support Oceans

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New Thrills from Sierra Club Outings
New Thrills from Sierra Club Outings
Ready for action? We've got a lively new lineup of trips!

Hike and camp in ancient Mongolia; visit the world's largest freshwater wetland in Brazil; explore exotic flora and fauna in Madagascar. Or choose from a number of activities closer to home including snow, water, and service trips.

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

Carbon Nation
Carbon Nation
Looking for an optimistic, solutions-based, non-preachy, non-partisan, big-tent film that shows how tackling climate change boosts the economy, increases national and energy security, and promotes health and a clean environment? We thought so.

Carbon Nation is out on DVD, and Insider readers can get a 25 % discount by using the code sierra25 when ordering from the filmmaker.

Photo: Peter Byck

Tell Congress to Support Oceans
Tell Congress to Support the National Ocean Policy
Last year, President Obama established our nation's first National Ocean Policy to protect, maintain, and restore our ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes natural resources.
Now some members of Congress are attempting to block implementation with a backdoor attack through the Interior Appropriations Bill.

Urge Congress to support the National Ocean Policy and oppose attempts to restrict implementation.
Enter to Win a PUBLIC bike Choose. Bike. Be Happy.

We love bikes, and reckon the world can always use a few more of them. So we're teaming up with Public Bikes to give away three brand-new, colorful, perfectly practical, and stylish bicycles that will make it a pleasure to leave your car at home -- whether it's for a quick spin to the market or a daily fresh-air commute like this one.

What a great way to be happy, get healthy, and help the planet!

Join the Activist Network
Wear PACT and support the Sierra Club Support Beyond Coal from the Bottom(s) Up

The Sierra Club teamed up with PACT and designer Yves Behar to create beautiful organic and sustainable underwear inspired by our Beyond Coal Campaign. Now you have a chance to get these special skivvies at a 40% discount.

Buy during PACT's special three-day flash sale and 100% of proceeds will go to support the Sierra Club's campaign to move our country Beyond Coal.

Coal on the Carpet Coal on the Carpet

Speaking of coal, unless you've got a coal-fired boiler in your basement, you might have trouble picturing how much of the stuff it takes to power an average American household.

So we did the calculations and then piled up the coal -- in the living room, the bath, and behind the sofa.

See for yourself how "dirty energy" lives up to its name.

Photo: Lauren Burke

A Victory Leap for Wild Salmon A Victory Leap for Wild Salmon

Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge James Redden again ruled against the federal government's management plan for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia and Snake rivers, saying it failed to provide salmon and steelhead with a real shot at survival, much less recovery.

Salmon-recovery plans from three different presidential administrations over the past ten years have failed to protect the species. Redden's ruling marks a huge win for wild salmon and the communities and ecosystems that depend on them. Please tell the Obama administration that we want (and salmon-dependent communities need) a new salmon-recovery plan that protects wild salmon.

The Last of Their Kind The Last of Their Kind

Loggerhead turtles, yellowfin madtoms, California tiger salamanders, and Mexican gray wolves have little in common beyond the struggle for their species to survive.

Joel Sartore photographed these and other creatures that are among the last of their kind. His stark, intimate images are featured in this exclusive Sierra magazine slideshow.

Photo: Joel Sartore

Mountain Lion One Big Cat's Incredible Journey

Experts have confirmed that a male mountain lion struck by an SUV in Connecticut had begun its journey 1,500 miles away, in the black hills of South Dakota.

Despite the cat's sad end, its record-breaking trek is part of an encouraging trend. Thanks to reforestation and to conservation measures like the Endangered Species Act, animals like moose, fishers, and black bears are showing up in places where they haven't been seen for a century.

But for endangered species to expand or change their ranges, they need both contiguous habitat and a way to safely get past highways and other dangerous obstacles. Perhaps most of all, they need habitat protection like that which the Sierra Club is attempting to secure for the Florida panther.

Keep on Truckin' -- with Less Gas Keep on Truckin' -- with Less Gas

Last week, President Obama announced the first-ever fuel-efficiency and carbon-pollution standards for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. That's significant because, although they represent only 4 percent of the vehicles on the road, they consume 20 percent of the fuel.

"By setting these standards," said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, "we can clean up and improve the performance of the delivery trucks, city buses, and freight trucks that Americans rely on each day -- while also clearing the air we all breathe, saving truckers and businesses money, and bringing our nation a step closer to moving beyond oil."

The Best Internship on Earth Surveying the Past, Plotting the Future

The Best Internship on Earth continues as Kokei Otosi joins an archeological dig on an Outings service trip and brainstorms ideas for breaking down barriers to connecting with nature at an Outdoor Nation Youth Summit.

Watch her latest two adventures.