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Sierra Club Insider December 22, 2004

Ten Great Events in 2004 -- Vote for Your Favorite
What's a new year without Top 10 lists?

EarthFor the past year, the Sierra Club's RAW e-newsletter has alerted subscribers to the Bush administration's assaults on the environment. Although the attacks aren't likely to let up, RAW's editors felt it was time to take a breather from the doom and gloom and to remember a few good things that happened this year. Including items ranging from the unexpected popularity of hybrid cars to the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, they've come up with ten events from 2004 that would make planet Earth happy.

Check out their list -- and tell us what you think was the best environmental event of 2004.

Act Now -- And Make a Difference
Snake River 'Tis the season to consider making a year-end gift to the Sierra Club.

Your gift will help protect our natural heritage, and it also sends a message -- that we are united in our love for the environment, and we refuse to turn our nation's clear air and clean water over to the plunderers.

Make a year-end donation today!

We Know Where We're Going
Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope: "Something was born here today. Let's keep it growing."

Carl PopeTwo weeks after Election Day, the Sierra Club Board of Directors met with key volunteers, staff, and allies to talk about what happened on November 2 and what comes next. Despite the outcome on Election Day, this was not a bleak gathering. Read Sierra Club Planet Editor John Barry's account of why people left filled with energy and enthusiasm for rescuing their country from the radical right.

Dressing Up for Success
water drop costumeSometimes, working for clean water means dressing up as a water drop. Or a tree. Or a manatee. Or Paul Bunyan.

The creative costumes that Sierra Club volunteers use to draw attention to serious issues aren't exactly haute couture, but they sure get the job done.

Read the whole story to find out why dressing up as tree is a good way to meet people but a terrible way to get a date.

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  You Want Snow? We Got Snow!

Built by Sierra Club volunteers in 1934, Clair Tappaan Lodge offers an affordable, rustic Sierra Nevada retreat not far from Lake Tahoe. Nestled in a pocket of the mountains near Donner Summit at an elevation of 7,000 feet, the area receives the highest average snowfall of the entire Sierra Nevada range, making the Lodge a favorite with cross-country ski and snowshoe enthusiasts. Visit our website or call for info on reservations (800-679-6775).

Tappan Lodge  
  Hanging at the Empire State Building

"Colors of the Season," an exhibit of prints by the photography committee of the Sierra Club's New York City Group is hanging in the lobby of the Empire State Building through January 10, 2005. If you're in New York, you can go in person to see prints like John Wazeter's "Dogwood," below. Out-of-towners: check out the exhibit online.
  Defend the World's Forests

We all would love to save the world's remaining forests, but how many of us are willing to put our lives on the line? Abi Kusno Nachran of Indonesia is.

A new Human Rights report from the Sierra Club tells the stories of Nachran and four other activists who are trying to stop the rapacious logging of trees in their communities. Each story is followed by sample letters you can use to ask decision-makers to take action.


Earth (NASA) | Carl Pope (Saul Bromberger and Sandra Hoover) | Tappan Lodge (Paul McKown) | Dogwood (John Wazeter)




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