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December 11, 2007: In This Edition of the Insider
  • A Look Back at 2007
  • The News from Bali 
  • Haegele on Treehugger
  • Our Own Hometown Hero
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    2007: What a Year It's Been
    With 2007 drawing to a close, it's worth looking back at some of the Sierra Club's  achievements -- from thwarting plans to dismantle our National Forests to winning a key House vote that ends subsidies for new timber roads in Alaska's Tongass National Forest to a landmark Supreme Court ruling that the EPA must regulate carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels as a pollutant. Also on the energy front, we successfully lobbied for a 35-mpg fuel-economy standard and won a series of critical legal victories against Big Coal.

    You can read a roundup of some the Sierra Club's most significant environmental victories for 2007 (so far) in our Scrapbook blog. Thanks to everyone who supported the Club or took action to make it possible.

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    We're Talking Climate in Bali
    The 2007 United Nations Climate Change Conference is currently underway in Bali, Indonesia, with representatives from more than 180 countries -- as well as a delegation from the Sierra Club. Already, some of our Cool Cities folks have presented about their success with organizing at the municipal level (more than 700 cities in the U.S. have signed onto the Mayors Climate Protection Agreement).

    Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope is attending the final days of the conference and will be posting his "Taking the Initiative" blog from Bali with the latest developments.

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    Haegele's Hanging with 'Huggers
    Readers of Treehugger -- one of the best-read blogs for green news, solutions, and product information -- will want to keep an eye out for the new Sierra Club guest blog on Thursdays.

    It features Sierra Club Conservation Director Greg Haegele, whose background as an environmental and political activist, organizer, and campaign manager give him an insider's perspective on what's going on in the green movement.

    Greg will post weekly about what moves him, scares him, and gives him hope. Read his first post, and then check back every Thursday. 

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    Our Hometown Hero
    Congratulations to longtime Maine Sierra Club volunteer Joan Saxe, who is in the running to be named "America's Greatest Hometown Hero" in the 6th Annual Volvo for Life Awards.

    As coordinator for the Club's Cool Communities initiative in Maine, Joan has brought the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement to the attention of cities and towns throughout the state and secured their commitment to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions.

    Joan's been chosen as an Environment semi-finalist -- between now and January 7, 2008 an online public vote will determine the finalists

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    Special Year-End $15 Membership Offer
    In 2007, the Sierra Club was able to stand up against some of the most serious assaults on the environment in more than a century, and turn the tide for conservation with some major victories. But 2008 will be the Bush Administration's final year in office and their last chance to push their radical anti-environmental agenda.

    We need your support to continue the momentum we've built -- that's why we are asking you to join the Sierra Club at our special $15 online rate.

    Join more than 750,000 other Americans protecting our wildlands and wildlife -- become a member of the Sierra Club at our special discounted year-end membership rate of $15 between now and December 31 and receive a Sierra Club Rucksack!

    We need your help to solve global warming, keep development out of our National Forests, safeguard the Endangered Species Act -- and so much more. Join today!

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