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Currents - Get the Latest Environmental Buzz

Sierra Club Currents - Health or Harm?
Volume VI, #39
Tuesday, October 24, 2006




Quote of Note:

"Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country."

 -- President Theodore Roosevelt



(1) Fishing for Answers: Health or Harm?
(2) Developing Clean Energy: Winds of Change Sweep Missouri
(3) Take Action: Save Wetlands, Protect Local Communities!
(4) Take Action: Protect our Coasts!



(1) Fishing for Answers: Health or Harm?

Two recent studies by the Institute of Medicine and Harvard have confirmed what experts have known all along- eating fish is good for your health BUT you need to be careful how much and what type of fish you eat. While these new studies have changed the headline of the mercury story, the facts remain the same. Low-mercury types of fish can be part of a healthy diet for most people, provided they are eaten in moderation. However, women of childbearing age and children still face serious health risks from toxic mercury and should be especially careful about their fish consumption. The good news is that there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of mercury in your environment and in your body.

Learn more about what you can do to reduce mercury pollution and see which fish are safe to eat.



(2) Developing Clean Energy: Winds of Change Sweep Missouri

Sierra Club activists and wind developers in Gentry County, Missouri are working together to help launch clean energy initiatives. Spurred on by a local wind farm project, activists, citizens, energy representatives and public servants are garnering support for a statewide energy code that would result in increased efficiency and conservation throughout the state, as well as increased use of clean energy alternatives, like wind. With plans for a second Missouri wind farm already in the works, citizens are looking forward to the new jobs that these smart energy projects will bring.

Learn more about Clean Energy Solutions!


 
(3) Take Action: Save Wetlands, Protect Local Communities

In Mississippi, the Army Corps of Engineers wants to relax restrictions on filling in coastal wetlands that provide vital protection to the fledgling communities that are just beginning to be rebuilt after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Corps' proposal clears the way for developers who plan to put low-income housing on the filled wetlands, relegating those most vulnerable to areas of greater risk. Now more than ever Mississippi needs stronger wetlands protections, not weaker ones!

Tell the Army Corps to Stop Promoting the Plunder of Mississippi's Remaining Wetlands!



(4) Take Action: Protect Our Coasts!

After the elections this November Congress will once again be pushing to open our fragile coasts to oil and gas drilling. Remind the Senate that there is no such thing as 'clean,' 'safe,' or 'environmentally-gentle' oil drilling. Today we have the technology and the know-how to move beyond our dependence on polluting oil and gas drilling by using clean, safe, and affordable renewable energy. Instead of relying forever on volatile sources of oil and gas, we can use better technology to reduce our energy demand today and far into the future.

Tell Congress to Protect Our Coasts!

Learn more about protecting our coasts.

 

10 Ways to Eat Well



Read "10 Ways to Eat Well"in Sierra magazine and before you know it, you'll have nothing to do with iceberg lettuce. Instead, you'll nosh on a whole smorgasbord of homegrown and poetic-sounding greens: arugula, endive, chicory, dandelions, mustard, collard, and kale. Mmmm Mmmmm.

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