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In This Issue of the Sierra Club Insider:

Polar Bear's Future = Our Future
Chat for the Environment
Green Beauty Queen
River Restoration Documentary on PBS
Sierra Club Radio Goes to Hollywood
EXPLORE The Arctic Wildlife Refuge
ENJOY The BioDaVersity Code
PROTECT Renewable Energy Standard Now

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Sierra Club InsiderMarch 6, 2007

We Can Save the Polar Bears -- and Ourselves
The Bush administration may not have seen the light -- but they have seen the heat from global warming. Earlier this year, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced the Bush Administration's intention to list the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act, citing global warming and the significant loss of sea ice the bears need for hunting as the principal reason. The Sierra Club supports all efforts to protect the polar bear -- including this listing effort, even though designation as an endangered species without bold, comprehensive action on global warming will not be enough to save the animal.

Until our nation decreases its reliance on the polluting energy sources that cause global warming, the polar ice caps will continue to melt away. Some analysts believe the arctic icecap could totally disappear by the year 2050, which would be a catastrophe for polar bears and us. 

Let Secretary Kempthorne know today that you support saving the polar bear through a combination of federal protection and responsible energy policy.



Send an Instant Message, Help the Club
You can make your instant messages add up for the Sierra Club. Every time you have a conversation using Windows Live™ Messenger, Microsoft will donate a portion of its ad revenues to the participating non-profit of your choice.

i'm™ is free to customers, so the program is an easy way to support a cause you care about. Choose the Sierra Club and the more i'm™ conversations you have with family and friends, the more money goes to helping us protect wildlands, stop pollution, and tackle global warming.



Go Green, Says Beauty Queen
Allison Rogers, crowned Miss Rhode Island in April 2006, is a Harvard graduate and a fantastic piano player. She's also now traveling her state to raise awareness about global warming and promote energy conservation. (No jet travel needed in this case.) As part of her "Go Green! Global Warming Awareness" platform, Allison plans to lead a neighborhood walk and volunteer for several phone banks for the Sierra Club's Cool Cities campaign this spring.



A River Reborn
The work of the Sierra Club is highlighted in a groundbreaking PBS documentary that tells the story of how environmental advocates and a major corporation ended up working together to decommission a dam and restore a river for native fish. A River Reborn: The Restoration of Fossil Creek also highlights the importance of university research to inform decisions by the many resource agencies that carried out the river restoration.

If you would like to see this documentary on your local PBS station, please contact them right away. The National Educational Telecommunications Association will provide a satellite feed to all PBS stations on March 10th, so please urge your PBS Program Director to download a copy and program it during prime time. If you need contact information for your local station, simply visit: www.pbs.org/stationfinder and enter your zip code.

For more information about A River Reborn, visit their site here.


How Green Are the Hollywood Hills?
Want to know what it's really like to live like an environmentalist in Hollywood? You can find out by listening to Ed Begley, Jr. -- perhaps tinsel town's greenest star -- who was recently interviewed on Sierra Club Radio.

Missed the broadcast? You can subscribe to the podcast here.


 



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EXPLORE

See the Refuge First Hand
Big Oil calls the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge a "frozen wasteland." We happen to think a wilderness populated by grizzlies, wolves, and caribou is anything but wasted, but we hate to preach. Instead, we invite you to make up your own mind on a moderately paced backpacking trip to the threatened 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Not up for backpacking? We offer plenty of other Alaska trips too


 

ENJOY
The BioDaVersity Code
Forensic Zoologist Robert Penguin and Agent Sophie Minnow investigate the mysterious murder of a polar bear and its connection to the priory of species. But can humans get the message in time? Watch the movie and find out!

 

PROTECT

Time for a Renewable Energy Standard
We have the technology today to produce 20 percent of our country's electricity from renewable energy sources by the end of the next decade.

Urge your Congressional Representative to sponsor the Udall-Platts Renewable Energy Standard (H.R. 969) that would require that 20 percent of America's electricity come from clean, renewable energy sources by 2020.


 
Photos: Backpacking (Nick Vasquez) | BioDaVersity Code (Free Range Studios)

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