The tiny community of Pacoima, at the north end of Los Angeles, suffers from nearly every imaginable obstacle to a healthy urban environment: From lead paint and landfills to power plants and overcrowding. In this virtual walking tour -- part of the Poverty & the Environment series from our friends at Grist -- Marlene Grossman and two other leaders of Pacoima Beautiful show how the once-beleaguered neighborhood is transforming itself, becoming both a better place to live and a model of effective community organizing.
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Under the Bush administration, the Bureau of Land Management has sharply increased drilling on public lands across the West. Now ranchers like New Mexicans Chris Velasquez and Tweeti and Linn Blancett say the land and their livelihoods are being jeopardized by sloppy -- and often illegal -- drilling and cleanup practices. Their story is told in Episode 4 of Sierra Club Chronicles, a monthly TV series that shows how ordinary citizens are fighting to protect the health of their environment and communities. Watch "Range Wars Rage On" on Link TV on Thursday, April 13 at 8:30pm Eastern and Pacific Time. To order a free DVD and host a house party, see www.sierraclub.org/tv.
Every day is Earth Day at Wild Oats and Henry's -- natural and organic supermarkets with locations across the country. That's why they are bringing you this special Sierra Club offer: Just print out this email, bring it to your local Wild Oats or Henry's anytime in the month of April, purchase $50 or more, and 10 percent of your purchase amount will be donated to the Sierra Club. You'll also receive a $5 coupon towards your next visit! Everybody wins!
Like the Sierra Club, Wild Oats and Henry's believe in protecting the health of our planet and preserving it for future generations; they actively recycle in all their stores, choose renewable power sources where available, provide corn-based biodegradable containers in their deli, and feature everything from Fair Trade products and locally grown produce to beef, chicken, and pork raised on sustainable farms, plus environmentally safe body-care and household products.
Feel free to spread the word. Simply forward this email to your friends or send 'em to www.sierraclub.org/wildoats.
Meet Mark James, former Navy SEAL and Ironman triathlete with a fondness for diving, sans scuba gear, to depths of 50-feet or more in search of abalone. The coveted mollusks were once so plentiful in California that foragers could pry them off rocks at low tide, but overharvesting has pushed them to the brink of extinction. Today the abalone catch is strictly regulated and limited to freedivers like James. Surfer/climber/author Daniel Duane joined him recently for a foray beneath the waves. Learn how he fared in the latest issue of Sierra.
Washington became the first state in the nation to ban residential dishwashing detergents that contain phosphates. A plant nutrient, phosphates create algae blooms that rob underwater ecosystems of oxygen. The law will first take effect in 2008 in Spokane, Whatcom, and Clark counties. Richard Reed, a local Sierra Club activist, was one of the leaders in pushing for the ban. Rick Eichstadt, a lawyer at the Center for Justice who is representing the Sierra Club in cleanup talks on the Spokane River, explained the logic of the law to the Seattle Times: "By taking [phosphates] out of the consumer flow, we are saving money on technology. It's a lot cheaper to get it out of the stores than to try remove it through wastewater-treatment plants."
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