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The Insider: The official newsletter of the Sierra Club
March 6, 2012: In This Issue
º Best Internship on Earth
º Frozen Planet House Parties
º Fabulous Family Adventures
º Mississippi Activist Profiled
º Shell Oil Suing the Sierra Club

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EXPLORE
Fabulous Family Adventures with Sierra Club Outings
Fabulous Family Adventures

Looking to spend quality time with the kids this summer? Join us on a family trip designed to stimulate the senses, capture the imagination, and cultivate a love of the natural world.

Hike, swim, and help with conservation projects in Nevada, visit the Continental Divide from our cozy lodge in Colorado's Rockies, explore the Wyoming wilderness with the help of gentle llamas, or spend a week canoeing and whitewater rafting in New York's Adirondack Park.




ENJOY
Zap Your Old Microwave into a Postbox
Zap Your Old Microwave Into a Mailbox That Delivers

Most American households have a microwave. And like all appliances, your zapper will eventually break down. Repurpose your lifeless microwave by refashioning it into a lively mailbox.

Photo by Lori Eanes 




PROTECT
Shell Oil Is Suing Us?
Shell Oil Is Suing Us?

Shell Oil is suing the Sierra Club and other environmental organizations over its plans to drill in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas -- the Polar Bear Seas -- of America's Arctic this summer.

The Polar Bear Seas are home to 20 percent of the earth's polar bears. Even worse, an oil spill there would be a disaster: it's dark two months out of the year, and the closest Coast Guard station is a thousand miles away, making cleanup a nightmare.

Stand up to Shell and sign our petition today.

100 Coal Plants Retired...Wait, Make That 106

Fisk Coal Plant in Chicago RetiredThe Sierra Club and all Americans who want clean air took a giant leap on Leap Day when Midwest Generation announced that the Fisk and Crawford coal-fired power plants in Chicago have been scheduled for retirement.

Crawford officially became the hundredth coal plant to set plans for retirement since the Sierra Club launched its Beyond Coal campaign in January 2010. And on the same day, February 29, GenOn Energy announced plans to retire several of its oldest, dirtiest coal plants in Pennsylvania and Ohio, bringing the total to 106.


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Best Internship on Earth

Apply for the Best Internship on EarthAre you ready for an internship that will get you out of the office? This summer, spend June, July, and August hiking, biking, rafting, climbing, exploring -- and chilling!

The Best Internship on Earth unites young environmentalists with community outreach programs that focus on outdoor experiences. The 2012 Outdoor Youth Ambassador (aka "intern") will travel around the country with the Club' s Mission Outdoors programs and document these experiences for the Sierra Club. He or she will receive a generous stipend plus $2,000 of products and apparel from The North Face. Apply now!


Move Not Those Bones

Move Not These BonesCoal mining in Appalachia destroys more than mountains. Hundreds of historic family cemeteries are threatened by mountaintop-removal operations.

It's no accident that many Appalachian family cemeteries are on the tops of mountains. People wanted to be buried out of the reach of floodwaters. In the past, mountaintops represented safety. Today they represent easy access to coal.

Larry Gibson of West Virginia watched a bulldozer plow through a 300-year-old family cemetery containing hundreds of graves. "Who does that?" he asks. "Who destroys a cemetery? Now my people are part of the topsoil."

Photo by Shawn Poynter


Visit the Activist Network
Cool Schools in Sierra MagazineWill Your University Make the Grade in Sierra's Cool Schools Issue?

Sierra magazine editors are hitting the books again: They're in search of America's greenest colleges and universities.

Think your school or alma mater's got the eco-cred to make our 'Top 10' list? Make sure it's included in Sierra's annual Cool Schools issue by encouraging administrators to submit their materials before the April 30 deadline.



Warm Up Your Home with a Frozen Planet House Party

Sign Up to Host a Frozen Planet House PartyThe earth's polar regions are vast, wild, and virtually untouched -- and now they're in danger from oil drilling and climate change. This spring, the Discovery Channel will air Frozen Planet, a miniseries in the tradition of Planet Earth and Life that will take us to both poles and bring us face-to-face with the wild beauty of these pristine places.

Sign up now to host a Frozen Planet house party. Invite your friends, watch a DVD of the show, and take action to protect America's Arctic this year. We'll give you everything you need: a DVD of the episode, a how-to guide, fact sheets, and ways to take action.


TransCanada Says It Will Build Rejected Tar Sands Pipeline

Stop the Keystone XL PipelineTransCanada, the company behind the rejected Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, sent a letter to the U.S. State Department on February 27 announcing its intention to circumvent U.S. environmental review and build the southern portion of the proposed crude oil pipeline from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Port Arthur, Texas.

"With this announcement TransCanada is telling Americans that it is above the law," Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune says.

Write your senators today and tell them to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline and to put clean water and clean air ahead of Big Oil's profits.


Mississippi Sierra Club Leader Rose Johnson Featured in Ms. Magazine

Rose JohnsonLongtime environmental justice activist Rose Johnson has played a key role in the success of the Sierra Club's work on the Gulf Coast, from leading post-Katrina community recovery efforts to supporting the fight against Mississippi Power's proposed Kemper County coal-fired power plant.

Born and raised in the historic African-American community of North Gulfport, Johnson is the founder of the North Gulfport Land Trust. Ms. Magazine recently recognized Johnson's commitment to her community with this profile.

Read more about Johnson's work with the Sierra Club in Scrapbook.




 

 


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