Sierra Club

Currents newsletter

Volume VI, #136
Oct 28, 2008

"We haven’t had a requirement."

-- Southern Company, CEO David Ratcliffe's answer to why coal companies like his haven't cleaned up their act yet.


In this issue

1) Take Action: Protect the Great Bear Rainforest!
2) Take Action: Kilowatt Ours, Yours
3) A First: The Green Bible Goes on Sale
4) Americans to Bush: Protect our Streams and Mountains

1) Take Action: Protect the Great Bear Rainforest

Protect the Great Bear Rainforest!
A couple of years ago, British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell promised to protect the Great Bear Rainforest, the world’s largest temperate rainforest. This precious rainforest is home to the ‘Spirit Bear,’ the rarely seen white form of the black bear, as well as forest-nesting marbled murrelet sea birds and salmon-eating coastal wolves. But with only a few months remaining until the deadline for protecting this special place, Premier Campbell has done nothing to make his promise a reality.

Currents action alert arrowMake sure this unspoiled forest is safeguarded—Tell Premier Campbell to keep his promise to protect the Great Bear Rainforest!


2) Take Action: Kilowatt Ours, Yours

Watch Kilowatt Ours i your living room, find out how.
Want to know how you can make a difference for the planet? The documentary Kilowatt Ours can show you how, offering simple, practical solutions to show you how to save electricity, money and the planet. The award-winning film is airing now on public television stations in 60 cities across the U.S.


Currents action alert arrowFind out if your city is one of them. Then use our handy toolkit to take action of your own.

3) A First: The Green Bible Goes on Sale
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In the latest chapter of a growing "Creation Care" movement, HarperOne publishers (an imprint of HarperCollins) has just released the first ever Green Bible. Printed on recycled paper with soy-based ink and a cotton/linen cover, the book is a "unique treasure," according to Carl Pope. Passages that speak about God’s care for creation are highlighted in green, and the volume includes a personal study guide and environmental essays by many leading religious figures.

For more on what faith-based communities around the country are doing to care for the planet, visit www.sierraclub.org/partnerships/faith

4) Americans to Bush: Protect our Streams and Mountains

In the first ever nationwide poll on mountaintop removal mining, two out of three Americans opposed recent efforts by the Bush administration to repeal the Stream Buffer Zone rule, which prohibits mining within 100 feet of streams. The Stream Buffer Zone rule is the last remaining legal impediment to mountaintop removal coal mining, which has already devastated much of Appalachia. Concern about the harmful impacts of mountaintop removal mining and attempts to roll back environmental protections for quick, cheap energy production spread across regional, partisan and educational divides.

 

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