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March 24, 2009: In This Edition of the Insider
  • Let's Pass This Budget 
  • It Begins Where You Live: Green Your Home
  • Big Coal's Worst Nightmare
  • Change Is Coming
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    Let's Get Back on Track
    Let's Get Back on TrackAfter eight years of environmental mismanagement, it's time for some changes -- and the federal budget is a crucial way to make them happen. President Obama's proposed budget would rebuild and renew our economy by setting the right priorities for America: ending our dependence on oil, fighting global warming, and creating millions of new green jobs by investing in clean energy. It would also return funding to important environmental initiatives such as clean-water protection, Great Lakes protection, high-speed rail, and the Superfund toxic-waste program.

    Congress could vote on this budget next week. Contact your member today and urge him or her to pass a budget that reflects President Obama's plans to put us back on track to protect the environment and boost our clean energy economy

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    Help for Greening Your Home
    To help consumers make smarter choices, the Sierra Club announces the launch of Sierra Club Green Home (SCGH). SCGH is designed to educate Americans on how to make their homes more energy efficient, environmentally sustainable, and healthy.

    SCGH provides educationally rich, quality content on more than 100 subjects related to sustainability for the home and grants visitors access to exclusive articles from prominent green journalists such as Bob Schildgen ( Sierra magazine's "Mr. Green" columnist) and Good Green Homes author Jennifer Roberts.

    SCGH also offers consumers access to thousands of providers of green products and services vetted for authenticity through the SCGH GreenCheck process -- a set of carefully designed criteria upon which each applicant is evaluated. Visitors can scan the database of SCGH GreenCheck authorized providers by geographic region, enabling them to get started greening their homes, regardless of budget.

    Run a green business? Learn how you can secure a listing

    Visit to learn more.

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    Big Coal's "Worst Nightmare"
    Big Coal's Worst NightmareBruce Nilles, the director of the Sierra Club's Move Beyond Coal campaign, was named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "100 People Who Are Changing America." The magazine called Bruce "Big Coal's worst nightmare." With nearly 100 coal plants like this one stopped so far, we'd have to agree.

    Learn more about the Club's Move Beyond Coal campaign

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    Protecting Nature Protects People
    Actor Morgan Freeman and PLAN!TNOW have joined with the Sierra Club to make a new public service announcement video called Change Is Coming about the steps that individuals can take -- and decisions that communities can make -- that will make them safer and less vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

    Protecting nature -- wetlands, barrier islands, floodplains, and forests -- is also a way to protect ourselves.

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    Hit the Pack, Jack 
    Hit the Pack, Jack
    Always wanted to try backpacking? Why not try an introductory trip? You can learn backpacking skills while combining nights at Clair Tappaan Lodge with nights camping out on our Introduction to Backpacking trip.

    Ready for a weeklong expedition but need some guidance? Try one of our many seven-day beginner backpack trips.


    Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes

    Pass the Blue Potatoes, Please
    The First Family is planting a garden to encourage healthy eating and to educate kids everywhere on the joys of growing your own food. Want to get your own kids excited about raising their own veggies?

    Check out Blue Potatoes and Orange Tomatoes: How to Grow a Rainbow Garden from Sierra Club Books.


    Exxon Oil Spill

    Remember the Valdez
    It was twenty years ago today that an Exxon oil tanker dumped more than 10 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound -- an ecological disaster that reverberates to this day. How best to mark this infamous anniversary?

    Ask Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to consider the adverse impacts on our environment and climate from new offshore oil and gas drilling when developing coastal policy.


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