The Party's On -- Next Week!!
Your Fourth of July barbecue is over, so how about throwing another kind of party -- one with an action-oriented entree that doesn't require ketchup? If you haven't done so already, please sign up to host a Lightbulbs to Leadership house party on July 17. Hundreds of people across America will gather friends and neighbors for a night of action on global warming.
To get inspired and help send a message to our leaders, you'll be part of a teleconference call with Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope, Washington State Governor (and global warming action leader) Christine Gregoire, and Green For All's Van Jones as they talk about how we can achieve a clean energy future that creates green jobs and a healthy economy. Then we'll all put pen to paper and ask our governors to move forward with green job development in each state.
We'll make it easy for you with a step-by-step house party guide, letter-writing tips, and more. Click here to host a party. Or if you can't host one, search for one near you.
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A Milestone CO2-Regulation Victory
In an unprecedented move, a Georgia state court ruled last week in a case brought by the Sierra Club and Friends of the Chattahoochee that a new Dynegy coal plant must limit the amount of carbon dioxide it releases. This is the first time any court has applied the Supreme Court's ruling last year that carbon dioxide, the principal source of global warming, is a pollutant under the federal Clean Air Act.
"Coal-fired power plants emit more than 30 percent of our nation's global warming pollution," said Bruce Nilles, Director of the Sierra Club's National Coal Campaign. "Thanks to this decision, coal plants across the country will be forced to live up to their clean-coal rhetoric."
To celebrate, why not watch this coal-fired power plant in Minnesota bite the dust? It was demolished last month thanks to another Sierra Club victory.
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The School of Big Storms
With the 2008 hurricane season officially under way, the Sierra Club and Plan!tNow have teamed up to release the first of two sets of "Get Prepared" public service announcements on climate change and storm preparedness, featuring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman.
The announcements encourage people living in hurricane and severe-storm affected areas to act now, before the next big storm, to reduce their risks and save lives and property.
Learn more and watch the first video now.
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July 11 Is World Population Day!
This July 11 marks the 19th annual World Population Day. Created by the United Nations, this day provides people around the world with the opportunity to reflect upon global population, health, and environment issues. This year's theme, "Plan Your Future: Plan Your Family," is intended to build awareness of the importance of voluntary family planning and why it is a cornerstone of a wide range of development issues, including gender equality, poverty, maternal health, human rights, and environmental protection.
Sign up for PopNews, the Sierra Club's Global Population & Environment Program e-newsletter.
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The Walking Company Introduces "Think Smart, Be Planet Friendly"
Shop at The Walking Company between July 17th and August 27th with this coupon (pdf), and 10 percent of your entire purchase will be donated to the Sierra Club to help preserve and protect the planet. It's part of the launch of PlanetWalkers™ -- a new line of eco-friendly footwear from Simple.
Plus, you'll have a chance to enter to win one of four smart "fortwo" vehicles from smartUSA.
Get your coupon here!
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