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February 5, 2008: In This Edition of the Insider
  • Ways to Say "I Love You AND the Planet"
  • Michael Pollan on Sierra Club Radio
  • Carl Pope Takes the Initiative
  • Watch Sierra Club Chronicles on the Sundance
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    Five Green Ideas We Love for Valentine's Day
    It's easy being green on Valentine's Day. Ecofriendly gifts are generally more creative and distinctive than traditional ones -- and that little extra touch can be the most romantic gesture of all.

    Looking for greener ways to celebrate this Feburuary 14th? Check out our tips from the Green Life for ways to say "I love you and I love the planet."

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    Our Radio's on a Roll
    Sierra Club Radio continues to amaze and delight with the quality of programming and interviews broadcast each and every week.

    A couple of weeks ago, we heard how elephants can paint, and how their art is making a difference. Last weekend, best-selling author Michael Pollan talked about his new book, In Defense of Food: an Eater's Manifesto.

    You don't need to miss out on all these great shows.If you've got a computer (and how else would you be reading this?), you can download and listen to all of Sierra Club Radio's programs at

    Or, subscribe to the podcast, which is available for free from the iTunes store (search for "Sierra Club Radio").

    So tune in already!

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    A Man of Words and Ideas
    Carl Pope, the Sierra Club's executive director, is seldom at a loss for words (the last time was probably just a little over three years ago). These days, you can find a generous sampling of his prose on his blog, "Taking the Initiative," which focuses on politcs and the environment. (His recent analyses of the environmental positions of various presidential candidates, by the way, are a must-read.)

    But you can also find him writing for more traditional venues, such as this recent piece for Democracy: A Journal of Ideas about why "optimism alone won't save the environment."

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    The Chronicles Start Tonight
    Sierra Club Chronicles, a seven-part series, begins airing today as part of The Green, the Sundance Channel's weekly primetime show focusing on the environment. The 30-minute episodes, produced by Brave New Films in association with Sierra Club Productions, will air every Tuesday at 9:00pm through March 18.

    Sierra Club Chronicles features ranchers in New Mexico, first responders to 9/11 in New York City, Alaskan fishermen, neighbors of a chemical plant in Mississippi -- all united in the fight to protect their families, communities, and the places they love from pollution, short-sighted government policies, and corporate greed.

    The debut episode, "9/11 Forgotten Heroes," documents how first responders, now afflicted with myriad health problems, were falsely assured there were no health hazards in the aftermath of the terrorist attack.

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    Discover Alaska
    Our 49th state is majestic and stunning -- not to mention on the front line of the global-warming battle.

    Join us on a Sierra Club Outing to Alaska, and you'll learn why it's more important than ever to act now to preserve this amazing landscape.


    Food from Field and Stream
    Steven Rinella, author of The Scavenger's Guide to Haute Cuisine, set out to re-create a legendary meal by master French chef Escoffier the old-fashioned way -- by finding and preparing all the ingredients himself in the natural world.

    In our exclusive interview, Rinella discusses how hunters and anglers fit into the growing "locavore" movement.


    Polar Bears Deserve Better
    Tomorrow, Alaska's Polar Bear Seas go on the auction block. At the same time, polar bears are under such threat from global warming that they are under consideration for protection under the Endangered Species Act. But the Bush administration is rushing to open prime polar bear habitat to oil drilling before that can happen.

    Drilling in the Arctic's Polar Bear Seas would bring disruptive seismic testing, traffic from tankers and ice-breaking vessels, and the constant risk of catastrophic oil spills. The polar bear is one of nature's most beautiful and powerful creations. But now oil and gas drilling threatens to wipe it out.

    Tell Congress to support legislation that keeps drilling out of the Polar Bear Seas!

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