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Sierra Club Insider

Jan 13, 2009: In This Edition of the Insider
  • Thank You, President Obama
  • Pitch In for America
  • Coal Is Not Clean -- TVA Coal Ash Spill
  • Sierra Club Website Redesign
  • Download Our Google Theme
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    An Early Spring and Welcome Change
    Watch our videoThe calendar says it's still winter, so why does it feel like spring is in the air? It might have something to do with next week's inauguration of a President who stands ready to take serious action on global warming and rebuild our economy with green jobs and clean, green energy.

    Pierce Brosnan and other celebrity supporters of the Sierra Club recently got together to say "thank you" and pledge to help President Obama follow through on his historic agenda.

    After you watch our video, leave your own message for our new President.


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    Pitch In for America
    Pitch in for AmericaPresident-elect Obama has called on all Americans to participate in thousands of service projects over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, January 17 through 19. We're answering the call and asking Sierra Club members and supporters to organize service events in the name of the Club. You can visit our National Day of Service webpage for a step-by-step guide to joining this historic event.

    We've got lots of Earth-friendly options -- from leading a hike to fixing a bike. So roll up your sleeves and celebrate!

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    Tennessee Valley Coal Ash Disaster
    TVA Coal Ash SpillChange in Washington, D.C., is coming none too soon if events in Tennessee are any indication. On Dec. 23, a massive spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant near Knoxville released one billion gallons of coal ash sludge and contaminated water into the Emory and Clinch rivers and onto more than 300 acres of nearby land. "This massive spill reminds us that coal is not clean, and coal is not cheap," said Sierra Club National Coal Campaign Director Bruce Nilles, who has been blogging about the disaster at Daily Kos.

    The Sierra Club, together with Earthjustice, Public Justice, and the Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment, is requesting that a federal court oversee cleanup and remediation and that the responsible parties compensate local residents.

    Unfortunately, there are nearly 100 "wet dump" sites (pdf) for the storage of toxic pollution from coal-fired power plants across the United States, and many of them contain even more toxic heavy metals than were released in the Tennessee disaster.  

    Photo Credit: Dave Cooper

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    A Fresh Face for Sierraclub.orgNew Sierra Club.org
    Change is coming to more than the White House. The Sierra Club's national website features a new design that's already in place on our home page.

    We think it's simpler, easier to use, and better reflects the Club's heritage and heroes. But what do you think?

    Let us know in the comments!

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    We'll Help You Find What You're Looking For
    Sierra Club Google themeIf you use Google to search the web (and we've got a hunch that some of you do), you can now add a Sierra Club iGoogle "theme" to your search page. Besides putting lots of customizable features and widgets at your fingertips, the Sierra Club iGoogle theme features a dynamic banner photo that highlights some of the places and creatures that the Sierra Club works to protect.

    Check out the theme now

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    EXPLORE

    Feel-Good Travel

    Feel-Good Travel
    Looking for a volunteer opportunity that lasts longer than just one day? How about a Sierra Club Service Trip where you team up with forest service rangers or park service personnel to restore wilderness areas, maintain trails, clean up trash and campsites, and remove non-native plants?

    Find out why these are some of the most popular trips on our Outings website.


    ENJOY

    Louise Teagarden

    A Real-Life Mystery
    Fifty years ago, Louise Teagarden disappeared into the mountains above Palm Springs.

    You can read her story in Sierra magazine, and watch an online video about how she survived alone in the wilderness and what she might have been seeking.


    PROTECT

    Tell the EPA they should regulate toxic formaldehyde!

    "You Really Had to Ask?" Dept.
    The EPA is taking comments on whether it should regulate toxic formaldehyde in wood products like those in FEMA trailers, temporary classrooms, RVs, mobile homes, and even children's furniture.

    Let them know what you think!


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