Sierra Club
The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
March 20, 2012: In This Issue
º Chill the Drills
º When the Rivers Rise
º Guerrilla Planners Get Their Way
º It's Best in the Northwest
º Steinbeck, Bikers, and Slimy Critters

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Pueblo Mountains, Oregon
It's Best in the Northwest

Looking to visit a less-traveled stretch of North America? Head to the Pacific Northwest with the Sierra Club on a variety of trips ranging from backpacking to service.

Backpack one of the most remote areas in the lower 48 states in Oregon's Pueblo Mountains, hike and raft "America's Alps" in Washington's North Cascades, or help repair trails among peaks and wildflowers in Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness.

Photo by Steve Wolf
Steinbeck, Bikers, and Slimy Critters

What do John Steinbeck, mountain bikers, and tiger salamanders have in common? Find out in the latest post in our series on threatened American landscapes.

Giant Sequoias
Giant Sequoia National Monument in Peril

John Muir first won protection for many of California's giant sequoias more than 100 years ago, and in 2000, President Bill Clinton carried on Muir's legacy by establishing Giant Sequoia National Monument.

But the monument -- home to two-thirds of the world's giant sequoias -- is threatened by reckless and misguided logging by the U.S. Forest Service.

Take action to halt destructive logging in Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Someone's Going to Have the Best Summer Ever!

Apply for The Best Internship on EarthWhat if you could spend your summer hiking, biking, climbing, rafting -- and get paid for it? There's still time to apply for the Sierra Club's Best Internship on Earth, an incredible opportunity to spend June, July, and August exploring the great outdoors and documenting your journey for the Sierra Club and The North Face.

As the 2012 Outdoor Youth Ambassador (aka "intern"), you'll get a $2,000 gift certificate from The North Face and we'll cover all travel expenses and pay a generous stipend. The application deadline is April 2. Once you've applied, tell everyone you know to watch your video and vote!

Chill the Drills

Send Us Your So Sue Me photoShell, one of the largest companies in the world, is preemptively suing the Sierra Club and other environmental groups for caring about the Arctic.

The oil giant has set its sights on the Polar Bear Seas, a sensitive and pristine habitat on Alaska's Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. Think the Arctic is worth saving? Send us your "So Sue Me" image and show Shell that we can't be intimidated.

More drilling in the Arctic won't lower gas prices, but it will extend our dependence on this dirty fuel. The real solution is so simple that you can state it in three little words.

Signs of the Times -- Guerrilla Planners Get Their Way

A Walk to RememberGuerrilla urban planner Matt Tomasulo wanted to make Raleigh, North Carolina, more pedestrian-friendly, so he posted signs that indicated the number of minutes it would take for a pedestrian to reach a particular destination.

After the popular (but illegal) signs were removed, supporters rallied to find a legal solution.

Find out how "tactical urbanism" found its footing.

Photo by Matt Tomasulo

Visit the Activist Network
New Starts

Support New StartsThe New Starts program helps communities from Seattle to Baltimore get federal funding to bring more public transportation choices to their citizens.

Everything from trains to buses to ferries is covered -- and with gas prices climbing higher and higher, these options are more important than ever.

The Federal Transit Administration is proposing positive changes in how it evaluates applications for New Starts funding. Help your community today by telling the FTA that you support the new rules.

Too Cute for Its Own Good?

Slow LorisWatching cute and cuddly animals on YouTube is a guilty pleasure. But viral videos that have catapulted the slow loris to stardom may spell doom for the adorable primate.

Caught in the worldwide illegal pet trade, this charismatic animal has a dwindling chance of survival as the number of video views climbs.

That's why activists have drafted a petition and appealed to the video website to take down these clips -- with an overarching goal of highlighting the destructive nature of illegal pet trading.

When the Rivers Rise

Vermont governor Peter ShumlinDuring Vermont governor Peter Shumlin's first year in office, the state was hit by a major blizzard, unprecedented flooding, and Tropical Storm Irene, which tore homes from their foundations and washed out more than 500 miles of roads. The governor puts the blame for the frequency of these events squarely on climate change.

Shumlin has used his bully pulpit to promote the upside of adapting to climate change, calling for the state to get 75 percent of its electricity from renewable sources within 20 years and promoting alternative-energy innovation as a major job creator. From the governor to tribal leaders to maple syrup producers, Vermonters aren't sitting still for climate change.

Photo by Dave White

Bloomberg and Emanuel Talk Clean Energy in Chicago

Bloomberg and Emmanuel at the Fisk Power PlantA week after Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to retire the city's Fisk and Crawford coal-fired power plants, he and New York mayor Michael Bloomberg toured the Fisk site.

"Mayor Emanuel and the City of Chicago have taken a big step forward in building a healthier and environmentally sustainable city," Bloomberg said. "Today is also a great step forward for the Beyond Coal campaign." Last fall, Bloomberg Philanthropies pledged $50 million to the campaign.

Join the nationwide movement to stop the coal rush by taking the Beyond Coal pledge.