Sierra Club
January 22, 2013
º 15 Eco-Resolutions
º Tribute to a Friend and a Hero
º How Muir Are You?
º Time-out on Fracked Gas Exports
º Feed Your Children Well

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Sierra Club OutingsTop Trips for an Audacious New Year

Welcome to 2013! The Boston Globe just weighed in on its favorite Sierra Club trips for the year. Curious which ones made the list? Check them out here.

Looking for an adventure to call your own? Join us on a cultural tour of Umbria, Italy, featuring history, cuisine, and picturesque countryside; a cross-country ski trip among the winter wildlife and hot springs of Yellowstone, Wyoming; or a lodge-based hiking vacation to stunning vistas and deep-blue lakes in California's Mokelumne Wilderness. 


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John MuirQuiz: How Muir Are You?

How much do you have in common with legendary adventurer and Sierra Club founder John Muir? Find out in our latest quiz.


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Timeout on Fracked Gas ExportsTime-out on Fracked Gas Exports

We've heard this story before: The Department of Energy hires a consulting firm with strong ties to fossil fuels to investigate exports of fracked natural gas. And guess what -- the firm's report lauds fracking and the exporting of natural gas and conveniently ignores the harmful consequences.

The reality is that exporting natural gas will lead to more fracking pollution in our communities. Natural gas companies are pressuring the DOE to ignore the true costs. Help us send 10,000 letters to Washington, D.C., by next Thursday, January 24, to demand a full environmental impact statement and an investigation into the dangers of shipping this dirty fuel abroad.


Sierra Club Radio
Host Orli Cotel 1.) Billy Parish, cofounder of Mosaic,which connects people with solar energy projects to invest in.
2.) Josh Buswell-Charkow, executive director of Green Corps,the field school for environmental organizing.

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100 Days of Action to Stop Climate Disruption

President ObamaPresident Obama said it himself during his inaugural address yesterday: To ignore the threat of climate change would be to "betray our children and future generations. The path toward sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition. We must lead it."

It's up to all of us to make sure the president can set America on the right path with bold climate solutions and clean energy innovation -- starting on day one of his second term. Climate disruption is solvable if President Obama and the federal agencies he leads take bold action.

Get involved in our 100 Days of Action to Stop Climate Change campaign from now through Earth Day.

Photo: Pete Souza


Forward on Climate

Forward on ClimateOn Sunday, February 17, thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C., to make Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history.

Join this historic event to make your voice heard and help the president start his second term with strong climate action. President Obama's legacy will rest squarely on his leadership in solving the climate crisis -- starting with rejecting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and firing up our clean-energy economy. Help shape history by joining the Forward on Climate rally.

And if you can't make it to the rally, you can still help by chipping in whatever you can afford to help pay for buses, stage costs, spreading the word, and more.


Stop the Mountaintop Removal Insanity

Stop Mountaintop Removal MiningPresident Obama's reelection represented a big victory for the environment and public health protections that keep polluters in check. But now it's time to roll up our sleeves and get tough on one of the most violent and unconscionable of Big Polluter practices: mountaintop-removal mining. Dozens of mining permits in Appalachia are awaiting approval. New mines will destroy more mountains and forests, pollute more water, and sicken more families.

Urge President Obama and the EPA to do the right thing and protect Appalachia from mountaintop-removal mining.


Coming Clean by Michael Brune

Tribute to a Friend and a Hero

Becky TarbottonThe life and work of Becky Tarbotton, executive director of the Rainforest Action Network, were tragically cut short on December 26 when she died in a swimming accident in Mexico.

Only 39 years old, the "graceful, visionary campaigner" already had an impressive list of victories under her belt, including a groundbreaking commitment from the Disney Corporation to create the most environmentally sound paper-purchasing policy in the entertainment industry.

The Sierra Club's Mary Anne Hitt and Sarah Hodgdon remember Tarbotton in this tribute. A memorial service will be held on January 26 at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco.


15 Eco-Resolutions for the New Year

15 Eco-ResolutionsWhether we want to get healthier, be kinder, or learn something new, January is a time to begin anew. And what better way to start the new year than by doing some good for the planet?

Some of your more ambitious New Year's resolutions may take the rest of the year to accomplish, but we've got a list of planet-friendly actions you can take right now to guarantee that you jump-start 2013 on a positive note.


5 Eco-Friendly Baby FoodsFeed Your Children Well

We asked experts to recommend earth-friendly meals that infants would rather eat than fling.

These healthy, tasty foods will give your little ones the nutrients they need to grow -- without harmful chemicals.

Photo: Lori Eanes

Make an Insurance Change for the Better

Hartford InsuranceWhat's better than saving money on your auto insurance? Consider insuring your vehicles with a company that also supports your green lifestyle. The Hartford -- ranked by Newsweek as the "#1 Greenest Financial Services Company" for two consecutive years -- offers special rates on auto insurance for Sierra Club members, as well as discounts for hybrid and electric vehicles.

Homeowners insurance with green options such as rebuilding with eco-friendly materials is also available in most states. Learn more and request a free online quote, or call for a free quote at 888-584-5099.


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