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The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
May 15, 2012: In This Issue
º Science Fiction or Real Life?
º Climber Defends His Home Turf
º Tours of a Lifetime
º Dancing Polar Bears
º Fracking Out of Control

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Remote Canadian Rockies Ramble
150+ Tours of a Lifetime

Sierra Club Outings' Remote Canadian Rockies Ramble trip appears in National Geographic Traveler magazine's coveted "50 Tours of a Lifetime" feature this month. Spaces are limited, so hurry if you want to join us!

Want to select your own tour of a lifetime? We've got over 150 to choose from in Alaska, Hawaii, the Lower 48, and beyond at Sierra Club Outings.

Dancing Polar Bear World Record
Dancing Polar Bear World Record

Over May Day weekend, 391 people at more than 40 locations around the country turned out in costume to ask for Arctic protection, setting a new 24-hour world record for the most dancing polar bears

Fracking Out of Control
Fracking Out of Control

The natural gas industry thinks it's fair to frack our federal lands and tell us about it later -- 30 days after the drilling has taken place.

The Bureau of Land Management just released a set of rules for fracking that leaves lots of room for improvement. But the natural gas industry is lobbying to weaken these already inadequate safeguards.

Tell the BLM that we need the strongest possible safeguards for fracking on public lands.

One Million Voices for the Arctic

One Million for the ArcticRight now, Shell Oil drillships are on their way to the Polar Bear Seas in America's Arctic. These seas are home to polar bears, walruses, whales, and seals, and a spill there would be disastrous.

We have one last chance to stop this dangerous drilling. More than a million people have expressed their opposition to Shell's drilling plans, and today we're delivering their messages to President Obama -- and flooding the White House with calls.

Add your voice by calling the White House now.

Photo by Steven Kazlowski

Share the Road and the FutureShare the Road and the Future

Bicycle commuting in the U.S. increased by 40 percent between 2000 and 2010 -- and in the largest "bicycle friendly" communities, as defined by the League of American Bicyclists, it was up by 77 percent.

But that's only scratching the surface of how biking could transform our country.

Beyond Coal

Science Fiction or Real Life?

Underwater CreaturesPeople have explored, documented, and colonized nearly every stitch of land on the planet, but the vast expanse of the ocean remains more dream than reality. Rare photographs of underwater creatures can appear alien -- their cloudlike, luminous bodies more heavenly than earthly.

The inhabitants of this barely charted world may look like the stuff of science fiction, yet our lives and theirs are intertwined. Our actions could forever alter the lives of these marine animals. Meet some of them in our latest photo gallery.

Photo by David Hall
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Can Wages Come Out of Your Tailpipe?

Carbon Offsets to Alleviate PovertySierra Club member Tim Whitley was earning his MBA at the University of North Carolina when he attended a pair of lectures that fortuitously connected two of his passions: combating climate change and alleviating global poverty.

Now he runs Carbon Offsets to Alleviate Poverty (COTAP), which transforms donors' CO2 emissions into wages through forestry projects in parts of the world where people live on less than $2 a day.

Find out how you can turn your carbon footprint into economic and environmental prosperity.

biketour-0514.jpgWild Ride

He has slept in a stable with water buffalo, swerved around puff adders, and crossed the Andes ten times.

Meet Stephen Fabes, a man on a 50,000-mile quest to traverse six continents in five years by bicycle.

Photo by Stephen Fabes

Bringing Local Clean Energy to California Communities

mygen-0514.jpgLocal clean-energy initiatives are already benefiting Californians -- but the Golden State is just getting started. The Sierra Club's My Generation campaign aims to make the benefits of local clean energy available to even more Californians by ensuring that at least 30 percent of our energy comes from local renewable sources by 2020.

We're engaging with communities to promote rooftop solar installations and energy-efficiency upgrades -- actions with the potential to create tens of thousands of good jobs and save billions of dollars in energy costs.

Our Forests, Our Future

Our Forests, Our FutureOn May Day, the Sierra Club's Vermont Chapter helped organize the biggest weekday rally ever in the state capital of Montpelier.

The Club mobilized with organized labor and Native American partners to support the right to healthcare, the right to form unions, the rights of migrant farmworkers, and an innovative Sierra Club plan to establish a mosaic of town and tribal forests that will link up to create wildlife corridors crisscrossing the state.

Chris SharmaClimber Defends His Home Turf

In July, California's Department of Parks and Recreation will close 70 of its 279 state parks, meaning countless outdoor enthusiasts will be out of a campground, a hike, and a climb.

Top climber Chris Sharma is fighting to save the park where he launched his climbing career

Image from Chris Sharma: The Legacy Continues