Sierra Club
The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
May 1, 2012: In This Issue
º Win a Free Trip to Tasmania
º Perfect for Mother's Day
º High Sierra Highs
º Swamp Man
º Fast Food, Hold the Guilt

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Help Us Protect the Giant Sequoias

High Sierra Highs

Want to explore the land that inspired Sierra Club founder John Muir? Then head to California's Sierra Nevada mountains on one of our vacation adventures.

Backpack the deep canyons and high passes of Kings Canyon National Park, spend a week hiking, swimming, and relaxing around historic Lake Tahoe, or learn to backpack on a women-only trip in the fabled Ansel Adams Wilderness.

Fast Food Hold the Guilt
Fast Food, Hold the Guilt

You're in a hurry and need to grab a bite on the go. Can you still eat sustainably? Our experts weigh in.

Illustration by Jesse Lefkowitz

No Secret Trade Agreement
No Secret Trade Agreement

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk is currently negotiating an expansive Free Trade Agreement among countries in the Pacific Rim. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement will have broad implications for our climate, environment, and workers' rights.

For example, a foreign corporation would be allowed to sue the U.S. government for almost any environmental (or other) law the corporation felt was hurting its profits. Yet the agreement is being negotiated in complete secrecy.

Call on U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk to publicly release all TPP proposals!

Kick the Oil Addiction, Not the Can

Kick the Oil Addiction, Not the CanThe Senate has already passed a bipartisan transportation bill to help our country kick its oil addiction. But some in the House would rather kick the oil can down the road.

As the Senate and House draft a compromise, congressional supporters of big polluters are trying to tack on dangerous projects, like the Keystone XL pipeline.

Tell Congress to put American families first and pass a strong clean-transportation bill
that will finally address our oil addiction.

Activist Farmer on a Roll

Activist Farmer Lynn HenningOn Earth Day weekend, Michigan family farmer and Sierra Club activist Lynn Henning was honored as a 2012 Planet Defender and appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher.

A 2010 winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize, Henning is also featured in the new film Last Call at the Oasis -- opening nationally on May 5 -- about how the global water crisis will be the central issue worldwide in the century ahead.

Read more about this fightin' farmer and hear what she had to say on Real Time.

Photo by Tom Dusenbury

Beyond Coal

Win a Free Trip to TasmaniaWin a Free Adventure Trip to Tasmania

If you haven't already entered your name in Sierra magazine's Paddling Sweepstakes, time is of the essence.

You could find yourself traveling to Tasmania for a six-day walking, cycling, and kayaking tour. Plus, you'll be decked out with new gear from NRS, MRS, or Werner paddles. But you can't win if you don't enter!

Enter by June 30.

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Dean WilsonThe Swamp Man

Dean Wilson survived in southern Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin for months by catching swamp critters for food, but this rugged outdoorsman has a soft spot for trees.

When he found out that loggers were clear-cutting thousands of acres of cypress trees to make mulch for flower gardens, he says, that was the last straw.

Find out what he did about it, and why he still sleeps with a gun.

Photo by Jeffrey Dubinsky

Sportsmen's Heritage Attack

Sportsmen's Heritage AttackOpening millions of acres of open space to motor vehicle use, handing over vast areas of wilderness to drillers and loggers, banning the president from designating national monuments -- do these ideas sound like legislation that benefits sportsmen? Of course not. Yet the House of Representatives has just passed the so-called Sportsmen's Heritage Act, which would do all of these.

Fortunately, it's not too late to stop this disastrous legislation, which now goes to the Senate. "This is not a bill that defends sportsmen's rights," Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune says. "In reality, it sells them down the river."

Tell your senators that we can't afford to let one reckless Congress destroy our wilderness heritage.

2012 Best Internship WinnerAnnouncing Our 2012 Best Intern

The Sierra Club is thrilled to announce the 2012 Outdoor Youth Ambassador for the third annual Best Internship on Earth. Competition was tough this year, but Joaquin Sosa from New York was an extraordinary candidate with his enthusiasm for the outdoors and creative approach to storytelling.

Joaquin recently completed his third year at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he's studying digital media and photography. Watch his video.

Dust in the WindDust in the Wind

Over three days, often in record heat, Native Americans led a 50-mile march to draw attention to the devastating effects of coal pollution on their community.

Toxic coal dust from southern Nevada's last coal-burning power plant blows across tribal lands and up to pristine areas like the Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks.

But now the Moapa Paiutes are working on a clean 350-megawatt solution.

Canvass Garden BagPerfect for Mother's Day!

Purchase the acclaimed new edition of Sierra Club Books' Edible Landscaping, by Rosalind Creasy, from our online store and receive a handy canvas garden tote (a $16.99 value) as a gift.

Just enter code MOM2012 at checkout.

Key Rack from Old KeysRepurpose: Key Rack from Old Keys

Ever find mystery keys stashed in a catch-all drawer or the pocket of a seldom-worn coat? Once, these keys unlocked the door of an old apartment, a long-lost bike lock, or a worn cabinet that's now at Goodwill. Now they're useless, right?

Nope. Turn these once-precious artifacts into a one-of-a-kind holder for your current set of important keys.

Photo by Lori Eanes