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The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
July 20, 2010: In This Issue
  • Work Ahead in the Gulf
  • Evan Goes West
  • See Ya Formaldehyde!
  • Hit the Trail
  • A $200,000 Check
  • Visit Our Mountain Retreat
  • Join Now!

    Today's green tip
    Bring children to a local farm; seeing the plants and animals that we eat is a great reminder, even for adults, that food doesn't just magically appear at the store.

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    EXPLORE
    Pedal Power

    Pedal Power
    For Earth Day, some pick up trash. Some buy organic. Sierra Club member Oliver Bock decided to pedal his electric bike across the entire country and peddle a message of clean energy and transportation all the way to Washington, D.C. During the ride he met with local clean-energy activists, bike shop owners, politicians, and journalists.

    Here's what he saw and learned along the way.
    In the News
    Time magazine reported on a recent visit to the Gulf by veterans of the Iraq war that was cosponsored by Operation Free and the Sierra Club: "The real cost of gas is not what people pay at the gas station." 

    ENJOY
    Cooking with Anne

    So Easy, So Tasty…
    Were your eyes bigger than your stir-fry dish at the farmers' market? Annie Sommerville from Greens shows us how to make parchment-roasted root vegetables that will come out of the oven looking and smelling like a gift-wrapped goodie for your taste buds.

    On the Radio
    We bring back one of our favorite shows of 2009! 1) Mayim Bialik, star of the 90s sitcom Blossom, talks about getting a PhD in neuroscience and her work with the Holistic Moms Network; 2) Bruce Nilles talks with us about a huge victory against dirty coal; 3) Sean Gray from the Environmental Working Group on their Sunscreen Consumer Guide.

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    PROTECT
    Oil Barrels

    Less Oil = A Stronger America
    A bill introduced in the Senate last week calls on the president to use all existing authority to reduce the amount of oil we use by at least 8 million barrels a day by 2030.

    Tell your senators to put America back in control of our energy future by supporting the Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act.

    Athletes in the GulfNo Short-Term Fixes for the Gulf
    When the flow of oil from BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster has stopped once and for all, Americans will give thanks. What we cannot do, however, is assume that the crisis in the Gulf of Mexico is over just because the oil is no longer gushing.

    That's why the Sierra Club is working closely with our local allies and volunteers in the Gulf region as well as with our partners in the faith community, the military veteran community, and others to maintain awareness of the long-term effects on both the wildlife and the communities of the Gulf Coast.

    Recently touring the area were world-class athletes ranging from Olympic medalists to NFL and NHL stars. Deeply moved, they voiced their support for Gulf Coast communities and vowed to share with their fans what they had seen

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    Evan GearyGo Wet, Young Man
    Evan Geary had never been out west before being selected this summer from hundreds of applicants for what is universally known as "The Best Internship on Earth." (Well, if you love being outdoors and saving the planet, it's easily the best.) So we couldn't wait to see what would happen when this city slicker finally got his feet wet west of the Mississippi. Turns out more than his feet got wet!

    See for yourself in his newest video report.

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    Sierra Club Trails


    President Obama's SignatureThe End is Nigh, Formaldehyde
    Last week, President Obama signed a bill that will enact national standards for formaldehyde in composite wood products. Now all Americans will be safer from harmful levels of the carcinogen, which can also cause watery eyes, burning sensations in the eyes and throat, nausea, and difficulty in breathing.

    National attention was first focused on the dangers of formaldehyde when a Sierra Club investigation revealed that tens of thousands of families were sickened after being housed in FEMA-supplied Katrina trailers.

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    Hit the TrailsHit the Trails in July
    It's National Parks and Recreation Month, so don't miss the chance to spend some quality time outdoors. If you haven't checked out the hikes at Sierra Club Trails lately, now's the time! Is there a hike listed for your favorite park? If not, why not add one yourself?

    And while you're visiting Trails, be sure to check out and vote for your favorite image in our monthly photo contest. July's theme was "Freedom," and this month's winner will score a free pair each of Garmont hiking boots, Lifelink trekking poles, and Bridgedale socks! Be sure to enter your own photo next month.
     
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    VoteHelp The Sierra Club Foundation Win $200,000
    The Sierra Club Foundation is one of ten environmental nonprofits entered in the American Express Members Project. The voting period ends August 22, but we need you to vote today and mark your calendar now to vote each week through August 22. The organization with the most votes in each of five categories will win $200,000, donated by American Express.

    Visit the website each week where you can vote for just 1 of the 50 nonprofits and help The Sierra Club Foundation win!

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    Clair Tappaan LodgeOur Not-So-Secret Mountain Retreat
    Ever fantasize about having your own hideaway deep in the woods? A place you could go to get away from it all and reconnect with nature? Well, thanks to the Sierra Club, you already do have a place like that.

    In fact, we have a whole network of lodges and huts, but the crown jewel is Clair Tappaan Lodge, nestled in the Sierra Nevada near the top of Donner Pass. It was built by Sierra Club volunteers in the 1930s who never dreamed that one day you would be able to find it on Facebook. Stop on by!

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    Image Credit: Adam Kapp

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