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September 13, 2011: In This Issue
º The Bicycle: Art on Two Wheels
º Move Your Planet
º My Life as a Dumpster Diver
º Best Internship Video
º Serve Outdoors 2011
º Green Energy Jobs

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Discover the Sensational Southwest with Sierra Club Outings
Discover the Sensational Southwest with Sierra Club Outings
Brilliant colors, dazzling rock formations, and abundant human and geological history — this is the American Southwest, and Sierra Club Outings offers countless ways to experience it!

Backpack among canyons, arches, and bridges in Utah's Escalante National Monument. Join service projects in Arizona's Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. Hike classic trails, soak in hot springs, and float the Rio Grande in Texas' Big Bend National Park.

Sierra Club Outdoor Youth Ambassador Kokei Otosi
Best Internship on Earth: 'Cutting Stuff'
We sent Sierra Club Outdoor Youth Ambassador Kokei Otosi to Los Angeles — not to stalk celebrities with her video camera but to document her final adventure with the Best Internship on Earth.

She spent a week backpacking and cutting chaparral on L.A.'s Mount San Jacinto with a group of high school students with Sierra Club's Inner City Outings. Now she's addicted to backpacking. See why!

Attacks on Clean Air Ahead
Warning: Attacks on Clean Air Ahead
House Majority Leader Cantor is introducing a bill to block two life-saving Clean Air Act standards: the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard for Power Plants.

If Cantor and his allies stop these critical clean air protections, it could result in up to 25,300 lives lost, more than 11,000 heart attacks, and more than 120,000 asthma attacks. The stakes are high.

Urge your representative to stand strong for clean air. .
My Life as a Dumpster DiverMy Life as a Dumpster Diver

Some people scavenge food from the trash not because they need to, but because they hate to see so much go to waste. In this Sierra magazine feature, Pennsylvania college student Natalya Savka reveals the keys to successful diving:

"The first secret is to locate the handful of supermarkets, bakeries, and creameries in town that contribute most to the 25 to 40 percent of food that goes to waste in the United States," she writes. "The second secret: Always bring a flashlight."

A strong stomach also helps. And be ready to run.

Photo: Scott Goldsmith

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Clean Energy Jobs Take OffYou're Hired: Clean Energy Jobs Take Off

Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune praises President Obama for his jobs speech last week and his "plan to put Americans back to work and renew our nation's role as a global leader in innovation."

The challenge the president faces now, says Brune in his Coming Clean blog, is to "stand up to the fossil-fuel industry and its supporters in Congress who are misleading the American public by insisting that regulation kills jobs, and that a clean energy future isn't viable."

The opposite is true. A recent Brookings Institute report that found the clean-energy economy employs 2.7 million American workers across a diverse group of industries — greater than the number of people employed by the entire fossil-fuel industry — and that clean tech has outperformed the national rate of job creation during the recession.

September 24 is the Moving Planet Day of ActionMove Your Planet

September 24 is the Moving Planet Day of Action — a worldwide rally to move us beyond fossil fuels and to demand solutions to climate disruption. The Sierra Club has joined in organizing bike rides, parades, work parties, and more. There's even a unicycle race in Oregon.

Visit our map to find an event near you — and dust off your bike, scooter, or pogo stick — and join this global effort to solve the climate crisis.

Serve Outdoors This SeptemberServe Outdoors This September

In the spirit of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Sierra Club volunteers and supporters are joining other Americans this month by serving outdoors to honor those who serve our country.

This is the Club's second annual Serve Outdoors initiative, a celebration of our national heritage that also helps build a healthier environment for future generations. Watch our video and find an event near you.

Last year, Club members participated in more than 100 Serve Outdoors events, like this sea oat planting at Fort De Soto Park in Florida.

Photo: Tampa Bay Group member Marcia Biggs

The Bicycle: The Art of Mobility The Bicycle: The Art of Mobility

It is the nature of a beautiful object to inspire obsession. The bicycle — a practical, relatively simple machine — has been re-imagined by countless enthusiasts over the years, cleverly crafted to fill nearly every imaginable niche and purpose.

For a bike lover, the bicycle is much more than a way to get from A to B. It is a statement about the world. A beloved friend. A work of art.

Sierra magazine has collected some of its favorite bicycle images from bike enthusiast Michael Embacher's recent book Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design (Chronicle Books) in a slideshow-ode to the bicycle.

Photo: Bernhard Angerer 

BorderlandsBye, Bye Miss American Pie: We Drove Our Chevy (Aveo) to the Levee Wall

In the past decade, hundreds of miles of walls and fences have been constructed along the U.S.-Mexico border, slicing across wilderness areas and people's backyards. Utah Congressman Rob Bishop is proposing something even more invasive — H.R. 1505, which would waive environmental laws within 100 miles of all U.S. borders and coastlines.

Help the Borderlands Team fight back by urging your member of Congress to oppose this outrageous bill. And check out the team's slide show and reports from their recent visit to the border wall in Texas.

Photo: Italia Milan

Sierra Club Wilderness CalendarParty Like It's 2012

What's that knocking on the door? It's 2012!

With the dog days of summer behind us and the holidays approaching, it's time to treat yourself to some beautiful photography by ordering a Sierra Club Wilderness Calendar.