Sierra Club
The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
Jan 10, 2012: In This Issue
º Puppets' War on the EPA
º Wyoming's Wolves Need Help
º Eva Longoria
º Play-It-Again Purse
º Street Art or Magazine Cover?
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Go backpacking with the Sierra Club
Go Beyond with a Backpack

Ready to visit the wild places that few people ever get to see? Check out our backpacking trips. You can join a rugged wilderness journey or learn the ropes on a beginner trip.

Play it Again Purse
Play-It-Again Purse
Here's a novel way to un(re)wind: Preserve your old-school music collection with a hipster purse you can make from recycled cassette tapes. (Remember those?)
Photo: Lori Eanes

Grand Canyon Lands Saved
Grand Canyon Lands Saved
The Interior Department just announced a 20-year ban of new mining on 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon.

Please send the Obama administration a quick note, thanking them for protecting one of the most beautiful and wild places in America.
Weird Weather -- Weirder Politics

Weird Weather, Weirder PoliticsIf you think the weather's been getting more peculiar lately, it's not just your imagination.

For decades, the trend has been toward more days of increasingly extreme weather, and 2011 was probably the worst year for weather-related natural disasters worldwide since Noah built his ark. Climate disruption is already costing billions of dollars and killing thousands of people.

Unfortunately, most of the candidates stumping during an almost snowless New Hampshire primary campaign aren't ready to acknowledge the problem, much less propose solutions.

Three Cheers for New Mercury Protections

Thank President Obama for New Mercury ProtectionsOn December 21, the Obama administration and the EPA announced the first federal protections against mercury emissions from power plants.

Twenty years in the making, these groundbreaking protections will prevent as many as 11,000 premature deaths and 4,700 heart attacks a year, and 130,000 cases of childhood asthma and 6,300 cases of acute bronchitis. They will also create jobs and spur clean-energy innovation.

Thank President Obama for standing strong on mercury pollution.

Big Coal's Puppets' War on the EPABig Coal's Puppets' War on the EPA

More than 75 percent of Americans support the Environmental Protection Agency's work to keep our air and water clean. Just last December, the Clean Air Act was updated to allow the EPA to reduce mercury pollution for the first time, ensuring our children grow up in a safer world.

But what do the Republican presidential candidates have to say about the EPA? You'll be amazed. Watch this video to find out!

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Street Art or Magazine Cover?Street Art or Magazine Cover?

To create Sierra magazine's January/February cover, Oakland artist Eddie Colla used water-based acrylic paints and three large sheets of paper, which he affixed to a worn brick industrial building.

Watch our behind-the-scenes video to find out how the cover was made and to see more of Colla's work.

Wyoming's Wolves Need HelpWyoming's Wolves Need Help

Gray wolves are majestic icons of the Rocky Mountains, but they have struggled for more than a century to survive hunting and habitat destruction.

Now they're making a comeback, but a deal that the Obama administration just made with the state of Wyoming could reverse that -- wolves in most of the state could be chased to exhaustion and gunned down by anyone at any time.

Tell the administration that we need a responsible plan -- based on sound science instead of politics -- for managing Wyoming's wolf population.

Eva LongoriaGreen Trendsetter: Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria, who plays the self-involved Gabrielle Solis on ABC's Desperate Housewives, speaks with The Green Life blog about the extracurricular projects that set her far apart from her shallow onscreen persona.

Longoria is the executive producer of The Harvest, a new documentary about young migrant laborers on U.S. farms. She's also a restaurateur and cookbook author who's committed to sustainable foods.

Photo courtesy of Cinema Libre Studio

Protect the Polar Bear SeasProtect the Polar Bear Seas

Big Oil wants to drill in the Polar Bear Seas of the Arctic, home to 20 percent of the world's polar bears as well as wildlife like beluga whales, ice seals, and migratory birds. An oil spill in this area would be impossible to clean up.

Tell the Obama administration that we just can't take this risk with one of our most amazing and fragile wild places.