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October 25, 2011: In This Issue
º How to Make a Moonscape
º The Day of 7 Billion
º Rock Climbing While Pregnant?
º Winter Wilderness Forays
º Revenge Is Sweet

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Winter Wilderness Forays
Winter Wilderness Forays
Looking for winter excitement? Don't miss the newest snow adventures from Sierra Club Outings.

Mush your own team of huskies in Alaska's untamed wilderness, cross-country ski from hut-to-hut in Quebec's Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve, snowshoe through the peaceful solitude of Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, or enjoy a multi-sport medley of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing near California's Lake Tahoe.

Visit our homepage for the full list of trips and be sure to sign up for the Explorer newsletter for monthly updates!

Revenge of the Electric Car
Revenge Is Sweet
They're baaaack… In Revenge of the Electric Car, director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to tell the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Watch the trailer and then find out where it's playing near you!

Can't Make it to the White House? You Can Still Help
Can't Make It to the White House? 
If you can't make it to Washington, D.C., for the historic demonstration against the Keystone XL pipeline, we understand. It is a lot to ask. But don't feel left out. Here's how you can help from home.
Make History: Ring Around the White House Make History on November 6  
We're about to ask you to do something extraordinary. Something world changing. Something righteous. Something to use up those frequent-flier miles.

On November 6, meet us in Washington, D.C., to join hands in a ring around the White House. Together, thousands of us will send President Obama a message he might overlook on his Blackberry: We want clean energy. Tar sands oil is not in our national interest. And the Keystone XL pipeline must never get a presidential permit.

The closer you look at the Keystone XL boondoggle and its wealthy corporate backers, the worse the whole thing smells. In Texas, the Sierra Club and the Tea Party actually allied to oppose it

Seriously, it's now or never: Either we stop this pipeline and the environmental catastrophes that come with it, or we live with the consequences. Don't miss your chance to make history. Come help us stop the Keystone XL (and bring a sweater -- D.C. can be nippy in November).

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Tar Sands How to Make a Moonscape

Still not convinced we must stop tar sands oil? Check out these shocking photos.

The tar sands surface mines of Alberta have already transformed more than 160 square miles of wetlands and boreal forest into a post-apocalyptic moonscape and are among the most destructive industrial projects in human history. See for yourself and then start packing!

Photo: Garth Lenz

Sierra Club's Global Population and Environment Program The Day of 7 Billion (And We're Not Talking Burgers)

In less than a week, the world's population will officially hit 7 billion humans. Take a deep breath. OK, what can one person out of 7,000,000,000 do in the face of such overwhelming growth?

Simple: Help the Sierra Club's Global Population and Environment Program promote a just and sustainable world. And you won't be alone: Your donation will be matched by a generous donor -- up to a total of $50,000.

Your contribution will augment our efforts to slow population growth by increasing access to voluntary family planning services. Your gift, along with efforts to reduce wasteful consumption, will also help to tackle environmental challenges including biodiversity loss, deforestation, climate change, and the depletion of natural resources like fresh water.

Big Victory on the Roadless Rule Big Victory on the Roadless Rule

The 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule was the product of the most comprehensive rulemaking process in U.S. history, with more than 2 million comments from citizens, hundreds of public hearings, and a detailed environmental review. Naturally, the rule came under relentless attack by logging and resource-extraction interests, some states, and the Bush administration.

Last week, though, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a long-awaited, landmark decision that upholds the Roadless Rule and secures critical legal protections for nearly 50 million acres of pristine National Forest lands.

"Roadless areas are valuable and irreplaceable places for hikers, campers, hunters, anglers, and families. They protect our water supplies. They provide room for wildlife to live and raise their young. And they will be increasingly important as safe havens for plants and animals in the face of climate change," said Frances Hunt, director of the Sierra Club's Resilient Habitats Campaign.

Rock Climbing While Pregnant Rock Climbing While Pregnant?

For rock climber and second-time mom Carrie Cooper, continuing to climb during her pregnancy seemed as natural as swimming or hiking -- and it helped maintain her balance and agility and ease the stiffness in her joints. "It ended up aiding my pregnancy," says Cooper. "If you have something you love, it's only natural to continue to do it, as long as it's a healthy pursuit."

See for yourself as Carrie scales a cliff at 39 weeks.

Daily Ray of Hope A Ray of Hope -- Every Day

Do you occasionally wake up on the wrong side of the bed? Inoculate yourself from pessimism with a daily dose of hope in your inbox!

The Sierra Club's Daily Ray of Hope email offers a striking nature photo and some accompanying words to live by every weekday. Where do the images come from? People like you!

Add your favorite nature shots to our Daily Ray group on Flickr, and spread a little hope around.