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Sierra Club Currents - Leave No Child Inside
Volume VI, #82
Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Quote of Note:

"Lead poisoning has changed all of our lives for the worse. Please do your part to stop more kids from being poisoned."

 -- Maria Celia Nolasco, grandmother of three lead poisoned children appealing to the government to do more. Nolasco is working to pass stronger laws to protect children from lead in New York City's "lead belt."

(1) Take Action: Leave No Child Inside!
(2) Take Action: Call for Clean Water
(3) Public Lands Day: Protecting Our Wild Legacy
(4) Hispanic Heritage Month: Fighting for Environmental Justice

(1) Take Action: Leave No Child Inside!
Every child should have a chance to experience the outdoors. Unfortunately many children in America today have never had the opportunity to get outside and enjoy nature. That’s why Representative Sarbanes (D-MD) and Senator Reed (D-RI) have introduced legislation that would strengthen and expand environmental education in our schools. Facing a future that presents increasingly complex environmental issues such as global warming, air and water pollution, it's more important than ever to ensure our children are environmentally literate.

Urge Congress to pass the No Child Left Inside Act!

(2) Take Action: Call for Clean Water
The Bush administration is using bad Supreme Court decisions to strip Clean Water Act protections for small streams and wetlands. A loss of protections means that the streams and wetlands that clean and feed your drinking water sources could be opened to development and pollution. In the next few weeks Congress will be voting on bill that would restore clean water protections to all the nation's waters.

This will be one of the most important clean water votes in years.

Call your Representative and tell them to vote for clean water!

(3) Public Lands Day: Protecting Our Wild Legacy
This Saturday, September 29th, thousands of Americans will gather across the country to show their support and appreciation for our public lands. It's a huge volunteer endeavor that highlights how much Americans care about the perpetuity and wellbeing of their wild places and open spaces. This year, as part of our celebration of Public Lands Day, the Sierra Club is launching a campaign to protect 52 of America's most exceptional places -- one in every state, plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia -- over the next ten years. Our new report "America's Wild Legacy" highlights these 52 places and our efforts to protect them.

Read about a special place in your state and find out how you can be a part of Public Lands Day.

(4) Hispanic Heritage Month: Fighting for Environmental Justice
Everyone deserves clean air and water, and a healthy place to live. Unfortunately, too often low-income communities and people of color are targeted for toxic sites. Sixty percent of U.S. Hispanics live near a toxic site, such as a landfill or chemical plant. Recent government decisions stripping protections from our air, waters and land are putting these communities at even greater risk.

Learn more about the threats facing the Hispanic community and their fight for environmental justice.

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