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The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
June 22, 2010: In This Issue
  • Ready to Move Beyond Oil
  • Plant a Flag
  • Hands Across the Sands
  • Free Exclusive Documentary
  • Tips to Reduce Oil Dependence
  • Habitat Lobby Week
  • Join Now!

    Today's green tip
    Cutting meat out of your diet for just one day each week is equivalent to driving 1,000 fewer miles per year.

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    EXPLORE
    Family Outings

    Fantastic Family Outings!
    Looking to explore the outdoors with the kids or grandkids this summer? Sierra Club family trips combine scenic surroundings, family-friendly activities, great food, and comfortable lodging at a reasonable price.

    Explore islands, mountains, and weathered shoreline in Maine, assist with an archaeological excavation in Dixie National Forest, Utah, or raft rivers and glide across mountain lakes in New York's Adirondack Park.

    View more family outings or a full list of Sierra Club trips.
    In the News
    Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune appeared on CNN last week with a firsthand report on the devastation in the Gulf. (A separate editorial commentary by Michael Brune calling for an end to our dependence of oil also appeared on CNN's website.)  

    ENJOY
    Win a Kayak!

    Last Chance for a Pygmy
    If you haven't already entered your name in the Sierra magazine Paddlesports Contest yet, time is running out. You could win a Pygmy kayak kit, some paddling gear from Ex Officio, or a kayaking adventure in Morro Bay.

    The contest deadline is June 30th, so don't wait or you'll miss the outgoing tide!

    On the Radio
    1) Greg Grandin, author of Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City 2) Dave Rauschkolb, founder of Hands Across the Sands 3) Avital Binshtock, lifestyle editor for Sierra Magazine, shares tips for saving energy this summer at home 4) Green cuisine tips from Annie Somerville, Executive Chef at Greens Restaurant in San Francisco.

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    PROTECT
    Protect Your Community

    Keep Toxics from Coal Ash from our Water
    Coal-ash disposal sites across the U.S. are exposing communities to heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, and mercury when they seep into our drinking water. The result? Increased risk of cancer, learning disabilities, birth defects, and other illnesses.

    Send a message today asking the EPA to adopt enforceable federal safeguards that will protect our communities.

    Beyond OilDon't Get Mad, Get Energized
    After more than two months, the BP oil disaster is still devastating the Gulf, its wildlife, and its communities. Everyone's mad -- at BP, at the government, or at the sheer senselessness of the worst environmental disaster in our history.

    By itself, though, getting mad only raises your blood pressure. Channeling your anger into action? That can drive real change. Yesterday, President Obama challenged Americans to "organize from the bottom up" to demand a clean-energy future in response to this disaster.

    Mr. President: Sierra Club volunteers have been organizing and responding for two months now and aren't about to stop. Read on for ways to send a clean-energy message that we're ready to move Beyond Oil.

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    Plant a FlagPlant a Flag for Freedom from Oil
    Our message to President Obama and Congress is that we want our country to be free from oil in twenty years. And we can do it! But only with a bold national commitment right now. You can show your support for this goal by planting a virtual flag on the National Mall.

    Next week, we'll use thousands of real flags to spell out the words "Freedom from oil" in giant letters in front of the Washington Monument in D.C. Each virtual flag planted online will be represented by a real flag in D.C, right before the 4th of July, where our leaders can't fail to see the message.

    Neil Armstrong had to go all the way to the moon -- you can plant your flag with just a mouse click.

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    Sierra Club Trails


    Hands Across the SandsJoin Hands Across the Sand
    This Saturday, June 26, you can hit the beach to oppose offshore oil drilling and champion clean energy as part of Hands Across the Sand, a nationwide demonstration against offshore drilling and for clean, renewable energy. All you need to do is go the beach (or your local beach stand-in) at 11 AM, line up, and join hands.

    More than 500 communities have Hands Across the Sand events planned -- find the event nearest you and sign up now.

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    Host a House PartyOrganize a Beyond Oil House Party
    The Sierra Club is partnering with Brave New Foundation and award-winning filmmaker Robert Greenwald to produce a short documentary about the true effect of the BP oil disaster on the Gulf Coast and why we need to end our addiction to oil. Watch the trailer.

    Sierra Club volunteers are organizing hundreds of house parties next week where friends can gather to watch the film online and take action to help the Gulf Coast and move our nation beyond oil.

    Sign up to host, invite your friends, and we'll send you a free DVD of the 15-minute film, along with discussion questions and materials.

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    Ride your bike!Why Wait 20 Years?
    You don't have to wait 20 years to start using less gas. Send Big Oil a message today by cutting back at the pump. We've put together a bunch of our favorite ways to move Beyond Oil right now in a special series of blog posts at Climate Crossroads.

    Got an iPhone or iPad? The new update to our free Sierra Club Eco Hero app lets you make a Beyond Oil pledge (such as taking public transit) and add it to a map showing who's doing what all over the U.S.

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    Lobby DayResilient Habitats on Capitol Hill
    Last week, eleven citizen lobbyists from eight states descended on Washington, D.C., for a Sierra Club Resilient Habitats Lobby Week. These aren't the kind of lobbyists who pass out cigars and golfing trips -- they're dedicated volunteers who care about protecting the kinds of wild places that BP has desecrated.

    They've posted reports on the Activist Network about what it was like -- the marble halls, the photo ops, the subways under the Capitol, and, yes, the best joke of the week.

    You can show your support for these dedicated volunteers by commenting on and sharing their blog posts at the Activist Network.

    Image: Rosemarie White and Renee Owens from the Club's Wildlife & Endangered Species Team flank Congresswoman Susan Davis from San Diego. 

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