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Victoria's Secret Cleans Up Its Act
Approval for Clean Energy Act 2007
75,000 Acres Protected in New England
No More Dirty Coal in Madison, WI
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Sierra Club InsiderJanuary 23, 2007

Victoria's Dirty Secret
Did you know that Victoria's Secret mails out 1,000,000 underwear catalogs a day? Until recently, virtually all of the paper for those catalogs was coming straight from forests -- particularly the Boreal Forest in Canada. Sierra Club Radio host Orli Cotel interviewed Kristi Chester Vance of ForestEthics to learn how they convinced Limited Brands, the parent company of Victoria's Secret, to clean up its act.

You can hear the program here, or you can subscribe to the Sierra Club Radio podcast and get "green news you can use" automatically downloaded to your iPod every week.

Carl Pope's Blog

Hurray for the Clean Energy Act of 2007
Congressional members on both sides of the aisle moved America further along the road to cleaner, more secure energy when, by a vote of 264 to 163, the House approved the Clean Energy Act of 2007, which will repeal giveaways to Big Oil and instead invest money in the smart energy solutions that will benefit the American people.

"The new Congress took an important first step by repealing the billions of dollars in unnecessary subsidies given to outdated energy industries and redirecting the money to programs that benefit American jobs and families and help end our dangerous oil dependence," said Dave Hamilton, director of the Sierra Club's Global Warming and Energy Program.

In response, President Bush is said to be working on a State of the Union Address that will acknowledge the global warming crisis for the first time, but whether he will endorse smart energy solutions remains to be seen. If you think he should, you can still send a message to the White House from our Action Center. And don't forget to ask your Senators to follow the lead of the House of Representatives.

Let's make smart energy solutions a reality!

A Twin State Wildlands Protected
Just before the 109th Congress adjourned on December 1 of last year, the New England Wilderness Act of 2006 was signed into law, protecting more than 75,000 acres of the Green Mountain and White Mountain National Forests as designated wilderness.

The bill combined separate Vermont and New Hampshire wilderness bills into one piece of legislation -- a move conservationists in both states had hoped for in order to put forth a strong bipartisan package. Read about it in Stories on our new Grassroots Web pages

Milestone In Madison
coalIn Madison, Wisconsin, Sierra Club pressure has already prompted an announcement from the city's dirtiest coal-fired power plant that it will stop burning coal by 2011. Now, a notice of intent to sue by the Club has led to a commitment from the state to study alternatives for retiring two other dirty coal plants in the city.

Learn more about what your fellow activists are up to in the Scrapbook, on the Club's new Grassroots Web pages
is a website created by a young man named -- no kidding -- Rhett Butler, who has carved out an enviable career for himself as an Internet publisher and educator on tropical rainforests and the conservation challenges they present.

His website, Mongabay, (named for a beloved patch of forest in Borneo that would later be cut down) is blog-like but not truly a blog. While the postings are regular and frequent, they are more in the style of lengthy newspaper articles as opposed to the quick hits and off-the-cuff editorializing common to most blogs. Neither are there reader comments. Still, Mongabay does what most blogs do, only better: It synthesizes and digests information from a variety of sources in a way that enriches your understanding of a subject.

If you care about biodiversity, tropical ecology, and rainforests, be sure to bookmark Mongabay today.

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Beat the Winter Blues
Got the winter blues? Too much snow? Too little snow? Don't mope -- start planning your next getaway. Enter our "Beat the Blues"sweepstakes, and you and a friend or relative could win up to $1,500 worth of a Sierra Club trip. The deadline is Feb. 28th, so get your entry in today.

Convenient Truths
Congratulations to Al Gore on the Oscar nomination for An Inconvenient Truth. Frankly, we think it's a shoo-in, so the movie race we're watching now is the contest being run by our friends at Treehugger

"Convenient Truths" is a chance for you to create and submit your own short video about solutions to climate crisis. There are plenty of cool, green prizes and the judging is based more on content than razzle-dazzle, so send them that phone-cam masterpiece.

Not feeling inspired? Check out the entries they've already received.


Inspiring Company
An Air Force vet now fighting to protect one of Texas' last free-flowing rivers; a farmer/professor who's helping stop factory farm pollution in Alabama; an expat Irishman still summiting 14,000-foot volcanoes and leading Sierra Club outings well into his 70s; and a community counselor who's introducing environmental awareness to elementary schoolers in Oklahoma.

Meet these and many more of your fellow Club activists in Faces, part of our new Grassroots Web pages.

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