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The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
Oct. 26, 2010: In This Issue
º Congrats to Our Own Eco Hero
º Green Your Toothbrush
º Canal Cleanup: Jersey Edition
º Winning T-Shirt Slogans
º Clean Energy Campus
º Win a Winter Getaway!

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In the News
The New York Times quoted Executive Director Michael Brune on the EPA's recommendation to revoke a major mountaintop-removal mining permit.
EXPLORE
Sierra Club Outings

Discover Alaska, Hawaii, and Those Other States
Experience unmatched beauty on a variety of journeys in Alaska and Arctic Canada, including backpacking, rafting, and family base camp. Or explore a different side of the world on a trip to Hawaii and American Caribbean, the Lower 48, and beyond.

Check out a full list of incredible Sierra Club outings -- including lodge, backpacking, international, and plenty more.
Today's green tip
Purchase a jute, hemp, or natural rubber yoga mat instead of a yoga mat made with PVC.

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ENJOY
Sierra Club Green Home

Green Your Caffeine

Whether it's coffee or tea that starts your day, Jennifer Schwab of Sierra Club Green Home explains how to wake up without hurting the planet.

If it can work for Good Morning America's weatherman, Sam Champion, it can work for you. 

On the Radio
1) Maria Ramos from Rainforest Action Network tells us about a big prank they pulled on Chevron, and why the oil company needs to clean up its mess in the Amazon. 2) Ana Elisa Peréz Quintero and Marcus Grignon, two of the winners of this year's Brower Youth Award, talk about their inspiring work.

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PROTECT
Garlic
Better Than Garlic
With Halloween only days away, it's time to talk about vampires -- the energy kind. Our free tip sheet goes great with treats.

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AnaKudos for an Eco Hero
Sierra Club activist Ana Elisa Peréz Quintero is one of only six young people to receive this year's distinguished Brower Youth Award. As a member of the Sierra Club's Puerto Rico Chapter, 20-year-old Ana Elisa has been a community leader in the fight to preserve the island's beautiful Northeast Ecological Corridor, a 3,000-acre stretch that is home to 40 endemic and threatened species, including the leatherback sea turtle.

You can read more about Ana Elisa's remarkable accomplishments and the current status of the Northeast Ecological Corridor in our Scrapbook blog -- a great place to find stories about the work of Sierra Club volunteers and activists around the country.   
 
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ToothbrushGreen Your Brush, Not Your Teeth
If you'd prefer to buy toothpaste that's tough on plaque but easy on the planet, we've got solid recommendations from four out of five dentists.

That fifth dentist? He's got a minty-fresh recipe for making your own toothpaste: a concoction that will "reverse the damaging effects of acids, eliminate bad breath, and strengthen teeth -- all while reducing your carbon footprint."

(That's one less reason to dread those piles of leftover Halloween candy next week.) 

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Join the Activist Network
New Jersey Creek Cleanup TeamThe Great Jersey Canal Cleanup
Volunteers from the New Jersey Sierra Club teamed up with Princeton University undergrads last month to clean up two stretches of the D&R Canal near Princeton.

Most of the canal system, built in the 1830s, was designated a New Jersey State Park in 1974. The Club's Water Sentinels program donated T-shirts, mesh bags, and vulcanized gloves and liners, as volunteers used canoes to haul an estimated 820 pounds of trash and more than 1,200 pounds of recyclables out of the canal.

Ready to get your boots wet and protect local waterways? Water Sentinels is a fantastic way to meet people and make a difference.

Check our map to find the program nearest you
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Winning T-shirt Slogans All We Got Was This Awesome T-Shirt
Big thanks to the hundreds of Insider readers who submitted T-shirt slogans for the rally and march that have now been combined into the "Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear." We've decided to follow Stewart and Colbert's example and do a combined T-shirt, too.

Here are the winning words:
Front (Sanity): FRACKING: It even sounds dirty.
Back (Fear): Mountaintop Removal Mining: Keep the Earth Flat!

P.S. If you missed Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune's blog post about the rally last week, then you also missed his link to a Sierra Club/Stephen Colbert moment that reportedly forced thousand of black bears into early hibernation.

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PinwheelCampus Pinwheel Wizards
On November 18, students at colleges and universities across the country will unite to demand clean energy leadership and to move beyond coal. They'll be covering quads, student centers, hallways, and classrooms with colorful paper pinwheels that symbolize the clean-energy transition they're asking school administrators to make.

Visit the Sierra Student Coalition to find out how you (or your favorite student) can sign up to take part
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Win a Winter Getaway!One Cool Travel Contest
Made your winter travel plans, yet? No, not to the tropics -- Sierra magazine's new Winter Sports Travel Contest is for people who love hot chocolate, warm sweaters, and crisp mountain air.

The cool, cooler, and coolest prizes range from winter boots to a five-night stay at Hotel Park City in Utah, all you have to do is enter!

So, don't get left out in the cold -- it takes only a little luck to turn this winter into a winner

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