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Volume VI, #108
April 8, 2008

"My guiding principle has always been that you can be good to the Earth and have some fun doing it -- and maybe even a few laughs."

-- Bob Schildgen, aka Mr. Green

In this issue

1) Take Action: Support Clean Water
2) Take Action: Tell Chertoff He's Not Above the Law!
3) Take Action: Preserve Our Western Legacy
4) Going Green: All Your Questions Answered

1) Take Action: Support Clean Water
Right now dirty polluters are trying to break down protections and safeguards our waters have enjoyed for over 35 years.

The Clean Water Restoration Act would restore the original intent of the Clean Water Act, the law that has protected our communities from pollution and cleaned up our nation's water -- water that our kids can play in, water that supports healthy fish and wildlife populations, and water that is free from dangerous pollution.

Currents action alert arrow Take action now to urge Congress to protect our local waters by supporting the Clean Water Restoration Act!


2) Take Action: Tell Chertoff He's Not Above the Law!
On April 1 Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff issued a massive waiver of more than 30 laws to speed up construction of a controversial wall along the U.S./Mexico border.

The ecologically sensitive border region contains a large number of federally protected areas, including National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges. Laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act are part of America's enduring legal framework, and no agency or public official should be allowed to ignore them.

The best option left is HR 2593, the Borderlands Conservation and Security Act. The bill would repeal the section of the 2005 REAL ID Act that gives one person the ability to be above the law.

Currents action alert arrow

Tell your member of Congress to support HR 2593 to make sure that the Bush Administration obeys longstanding laws!

3) Take Action: Preserve Our Western Legacy
Tomorrow, Congress has a chance to permanently protect America's great western landscapes. Please take action and ask your member of Congress to vote for The National Landscape Conservation System Act. The wild, rugged characteristics of these lands allow visitors to enjoy a remote experience symbolic of the American West.

Currents action alert arrowBy passing The National Landscape Conservation System Act, Congress will ensure an enduring legacy of the West's natural and cultural heritage for future generations.

4) Going Green: All Your Questions Answered
When is the right time to replace an old refrigerator? Is it more environmentally correct to buy your beer in bottles or cans? Is there any oil company that's really "greener" than the others? And how much paper do you actually need to recycle in order to save a whole tree?

Find the answer to these questions and more in the new entertaining, and enormously useful book, Hey Mr. Green: Sierra Magazine’s Answer Guy Tackles Your Toughest Green Living Questions.

If you're looking for an Earth Day gift for a green friend -- or for someone who you wish you could convince to go green -- check out our special offer where you can order the book for the Sierra Club Supporter discount price.


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