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March 18, 2008: In This Edition of the Insider
  • How Green Is Your Screen?
  • Win a Scholarship with Your Film
  • How to Talk Climate Change with Your Kids
  • Rebuilding a Sustainable New Orleans
  • Arizona Activist Wins Human Rights Award
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    How Green Is My Screen?
    Got a TV set? Something like 99 out of 100 American households do. And with the transition to digital TV broadcasts and the growing popularity of HD and flat-screen television sets, many of those households are getting newer, bigger TVs.

    But how much do you know about how that new TV will affect your carbon footprint? Are America's couch potatoes warming more than their sofa cushions?

    Find out by taking our quiz!

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    Make a Film and Win a Scholarship
    What do Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, and Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope have in common? They're all jurists for the FYI: Film Your Issue competition, which is open to young people (14 to 24) everywhere in the world.

    Make a two-minute film on any issue, and you could be broadcast on Starz as well as win a $5,000 scholarship from The Gates Foundation, along with a host of other awards such as film-festival screenings and internships. The deadline for submissions is April 14th, so get filming!

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    Hey Mr. Green

    Not Kidding about Climate
    Stephen Schneider is a climatologist, so it's no surprise he cares about the climate. But he also cares about how changes in our climate will affect future generations.

    So he's agreed to appear in a public-service advertisement with his son (pdf) -- making the case for cutting carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050, or 2 percent per year for the next 40 years.

    We spoke with him about climate change -- and how to talk about it with your kids.

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    Going Green in the Big Easy
    The Sierra Club is participating this month in the 2008 Historic Green event to rebuild a sustainable New Orleans. Hundreds of students and young professionals in the construction industry -- architects, engineers, planners, landscape architects, interior designers, and contractors -- have converged on the Crescent City to work hand-in-hand with residents of the Holy Cross Historic District, part of the Lower Ninth Ward that was among the city's hardest-hit areas during Hurricane Katrina.

    Learn more about it on our Scrapbook blog.

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    Arizona Activist Wins Human Rights Award
    Arizona Sierra Club activist Sean Sullivan, co-chair of the Grand Canyon Chapter's Rincon Group, received the Justicia de Corazon award this month from the Tucson-based Derechos Humanos (Human Rights Commission) for his work on border issues.

    Sullivan has lobbied Congress to support the Borderlands Conservation and Security Act, which would ensure that environmental protections are addressed as changes are made to border infrastructure. He has also been a leader in promoting the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, protecting wildlife habitat and corridors.

    "We want to engage elected officials and Sierra Club membership across the country and educate them about the border wall," Sullivan says. "The Secure Fence Act of 2006 cuts a whole ecoregion in half, and many species, some of them endangered, need to use both sides of the border to continue viable populations."

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    A Grand Adventure
    The just-released IMAX film Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk explores the issues of the world water crisis and presents real solutions. Narrated by Robert Redford and featuring songs and music by Dave Matthews Band, the film is set on the Colorado River and features a river expedition led by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and anthropologist Wade Davis.

    Watch the trailer here and find out where it's showing near you.


    Hey, Mr. Green's in Print!
    The man with the answers to your questions about everything from compact fluorescents to hybrids versus Hummers has compiled all those words of wisdom into one convenient (and recyclable) package.

    Find out how to get your copy of Hey Mr. Green: Sierra Magazine's Answer Guy Tackles Your Toughest Green Living Questions for a special sale price.

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    Not a (Clean) Drop to Drink
    Next time you feel a little thirsty, remember that currently 1.1 billion people do not have access to clean water.

    Why not observe World Water Day this week by finding out what you can do to ensure that all people have access to clean water?

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