Sierra Club
The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
June 26, 2012: In This Issue
º Happy Birthday, David!
º Pirates of the Rainforest
º Fossil Fuels Are So Jurassic
º Pure Refreshment
º Bohemian Grove Victory

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Backpack into the Beyond

Looking for the road less traveled? Join an adventurous backpacking journey to lofty Sierra peaks, remote Rocky Mountain wilderness, or colorful Southwest canyons.

Discover glaciated valleys and alpine lakes in northeastern Yosemite, backpack and dayhike the rugged wonders of Montana's Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, or trek through time and colorful sandstone in Forbidden Canyon, Arizona and Utah.

Seeking something else? Select from over 150 more adventures at Sierra Club Outings.

Eco Drinks
Pure Refreshment

Douse your thirst -- and your guilt -- with these eco-suggestions from our beverage experts. Did your favorite drink make our list?

Photo by Lori Eanes

Hold the Line Against MTR in Kentucky
Hold the Line Against MTR in Kentucky

Right now, there are dozens of pending permits for new mountaintop removal coal mines in Appalachia. If these new mines get approved, it will mean more people get sick and more mountains get destroyed.

It's important to let the Obama administration know we're tired of seeing families get sick from mining pollution and tired of seeing our mountains vanish.

Tell the White House to put the health of our communities first and end mountaintop removal coal mining!

Share Your Piece of America Share Your Piece of America

This week, the Sierra Club launched My Piece of America, where we encourage you to share your favorite outdoor place and take action to protect special areas.

Many of our favorite wild places -- from the striking red rock deserts of the Southwest to the cool, leafy city park where you take your kids -- need your help to protect them from threats like oil drilling and climate change.

One way you can help right now is by urging President Obama to designate some of America's best wild places as national monuments.

Upload and share a photo of your favorite piece of America with your family and friends, and inspire them to take action, too.

And While We're on the Subject...

Today the Sierra Club and South by Southwest Eco announced a partnership to broaden awareness about My Piece of America.

The Sierra Club, which sponsored the inaugural SXSW Eco conference in Austin last year, will have a major presence at this October's event.

Beyond Coal

David Brower Happy Birthday, David!

Grab your hiking boots and put on your birthday hats. This week we're celebrating the late David Brower, one of the country’s most important environmental legends, who would have turned 100 this Sunday.

Brower, the Sierra Club's first executive director, was a latter-day John Muir who redefined conservation and led the environmental movement of the 20th century. Without him, our most cherished places -- Grand Canyon National Park and Dinosaur National Monument, just to name a couple -- would've looked very different today.

Learn more by exploring our timeline of Brower's life, which contains rare photos. You can also watch film shot by Brower and read his articles, including one about his experience overseas during World War II.

Happy birthday, David! Your legend lives on.

Olympic National Park Pirates of the Rainforest

The ecosystem made famous by the Twilight series is at risk, as moss traffickers pillage the Olympic Peninsula to feed the $350-million-per-year floral industry.

Find out why it's so difficult for law enforcement to stop these poachers.

Photo: iStockphoto/bmcchristy.

Elle McPherson Big Win on Mercury, Big Celeb Assist

On June 19, the day before a crucial U.S. Senate vote on mercury, posted an op-ed on the importance of mercury protections by supermodel Elle Macpherson, who wrote from her perspective as a mother. The next day, the Senate rejected a resolution to scrap new, stronger EPA regulations on mercury and toxic chemical emissions from coal-fired power plants.

The resolution, introduced by climate-change-denier-in-chief James Inhofe of Oklahoma, failed 53-46. Macpherson's advocacy on this issue was later featured on the front page of the Entertainment Tonight website, which was then syndicated to other sites with a wide reach. Our favorite headline of the day appeared in Rolling Stone: "Supermodel Elle Macpherson Body-Slams Big Coal."

Best Intern Topping Out in Yosemite

Earlier this month, Sierra Club Outdoor Youth Ambassador Joaquin Sosa packed up his camping gear and headed to Yosemite National Park with a group from Sacramento Inner City Outings to camp, explore, and do some work to help the park.

The group gaped at waterfalls, painted trash cans and bear boxes, roasted marshmallows, and climbed to the top of Sentinel Dome on the south wall of Yosemite Valley.

"I almost wanted to give up when we hit the steep hill, but I pushed forward and now I'm here," said one participant, from atop the 8,127-foot monolith. Later he celebrated by doing backflips in camp. Watch Sosa's video of the trip.

Watch Our Green Fleet's Animation Fossil Fuels Are So Jurassic

The Beyond Oil campaign's new Green Fleets initiative will accelerate the transition to cleaner cars and trucks by moving America's large fleets to fuel-efficient and electric vehicles.

We'll also move fleets away from the dirtiest fuels, like tar sands, and bring fleet owners into the national debate on the need to move America beyond oil. Check out Green Fleet's new video.

Bohemian Grove Victory Bohemian Grove Victory

Over a decade ago, a lifetime Sierra Club member chanced on old-growth coast redwoods tagged for logging in the Bohemian Grove, a 2,500-acre property in Sonoma County, California, owned by the exclusive and powerful Bohemian Club.

Thus began a gutty, determined crusade to save the Bohemian Grove redwoods that involved the Sierra Club's Redwood Chapter and rallied local environmentalists to the cause.