Sierra Club

Currents newsletter

Volume VI, #141
Dec 9, 2008

"You can't build a national economy on credit cards. But you can on green power."

-- Van Jones, President of Green for All

In this issue

1) Take Action: Rebuild a Clean, Efficient Auto Industry
2) Take Action: Support a Green Stimulus Package
3) Must See: Planet in Peril
4) New Study: Toxic Schools

1) Take Action: Rebuild a Clean, Efficient Auto Industry
The auto industry has the potential to become the cornerstone of a clean energy economy; now Congress must give them a push in the right direction. After decades of producing gas-guzzlers it is clearly time for a change. It's critical that any financial assistance to automakers not only puts people back to work, but put them back to work building more fuel efficient vehicles and ends automaker lawsuits against vehicle emission standards.

Currents action alert arrowTell Congress to rebuild a clean, efficient auto industry!

2) Take Action: Support a Green Stimulus Package
It is time to jumpstart America's clean energy economy. Investments in transforming our energy infrastructure, updating clean water infrastructure, boosting transit funding, and training our workforce will yield significant economic growth and job creation. In fact, "green" investments, on average, create twice as many jobs per dollar invested than traditional fossil fuel-based generating technologies.

Currents action alert arrowUrge your Representative to support a Green Stimulus Package!


3)Must See: Planet in Peril Planet in Peril
Last year CNN began an ongoing commitment to investigative reporting on the environment called Planet in Peril. Sierra Club is excited about this year's follow up, Planet in Peril: Battle Lines. Anderson Cooper, Lisa Ling, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta traveled around the globe from the forests of Central Africa to the oceans of Southeast Asia to report from the frontlines of conflicts over our natural resources -- fights over oil, wildlife, food, and disease. This special investigation, Planet in Peril: Battle Lines, airs December 11th on CNN.

Here's a special preview message for Sierra Club supporters from Anderson Cooper.

4) New Study: Toxic Schools
Students across America are exposed to higher pollution levels than they were 10 years ago, according to a new USA Today study. The study found that the air outside more than 435 schools across the nation was unsafe, bringing harmful levels of chemicals into classrooms and making kids sick.

The Sierra Club supports vulnerable populations including children in communities like those featured in the study through our environmental justice program.

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