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Volume VII, #3
Jan 21, 2009

"Science will be the backbone of what EPA does..."

-- Lisa Jackson, nominee for EPA administrator

In this issue

1) Take Action: Protect Our Roadless Areas
2) Update: There's Still Time to Adopt a Clean Slate
3) Update: Wilderness Bill Passes Senate
4) National Day of Service: Huge Success!

1) Take Action: Protect our Roadless Areas
Protect Our Roadless Areas
For more than a hundred years Americans have protected our national forests for future generations. These forests provide valuable habitat for fish and wildlife, clean drinking water and unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities for all to enjoy.

Currents action alert arrowUrge Obama to continue his support for roadless areas by protecting our national forests, including the roadless areas of Alaska's Tongass National Forest.


2) Update: There's Still Time to Adopt a Clean Slate
President Obama
Last week we heard encouraging language from many of President Obama’s environmental and energy nominees including statements from nominees Lisa Jackson (Environmental Protection Agency) and Nancy Sutley (White House Council on Environmental Quality) about better environmental protection, increased clean energy development and doing more to combat global warming.

With the Economic Recovery package definitely the first item on President Obama's to-do list, there will still be time to tell President Obama to make major strides on these issues by adopting the Clean Slate Agenda in the early days of his administration. Keep an eye on this space for updates on how to take action as change.gov transitions to whitehouse.gov

 

3) Update: Wilderness Bill Passes Senate
WildernessThanks to those who took action last week on the massive lands protection bill (S.22), which will permanently protect more than two million acres of wilderness, 1,000 miles of Wild and Scenic rivers, and establish the 26-million-acre National Landscape Conservation System. The Omnibus Public Lands Management Act passed by a vote of 73-21. 

Now on to the House of Representatives!

4) National Day of Service: Huge Success
Volunteers WelcomeYesterday, Sierra Club activists honored the visions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Obama by hosting service projects in local communities. Across the country our activists used the day to promote not only community service, but projects that also illustrate how clean energy and efficiency can lead to economic recovery.

With events ranging from weatherization installation to trail maintenance and light bulb giveaways, Sierra Club members helped start the new Obama administration off on the right foot.

 

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