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In This Issue of the Sierra Club Insider:
Is Your City Cool? Find Out With Our Clickable Map
Green Your House - Take Our Cool Home Tour
Special $15 Earth Day Membership Offer
How a Copper Giant Plans to Make the Public Pay for its Toxic Mess
What Would Jesus Do On Earth Day?
Happy Birthday, Mr. Muir
Win Eco-Groovy Booty in our Housecooling Sweepstakes
Demand a Safer and More Secure Energy Future
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Sierra Club Insider April 18, 2006
Is Your City Cool?
Cool CitiesAcross the country, 224 mayors representing more than 43 million people in 39 states have signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement -- the first step to becoming a "Cool City." Frustrated by lack of action on the federal level, local leaders are moving forward with innovative energy solutions that cut our dependence on oil, benefit public health, and save taxpayer dollars.

Is your city on board? Visit our new Cool Cities Web site to find out. If your hometown isn't a Cool City yet, you can help make it one. Register to be part of the Cool Cities community and get started with our Cool Cities Activist Toolkit (click here to download a sample page).

Mr. Green Asks: Is Your Home Cool?
Cool HOme TourPresident Bush won't take the lead on fighting global warming, but you can! There are very simple things you can do to make your home and lifestyle more energy efficient; in fact, it can be as easy as changing a light bulb.

Walk through a real house on our Cool Home Tour with Sierra magazine's answer man, Mr. Green, and you'll learn how to have a "cool" house, save money, and help chip away at a problem facing us all. Download Mr. Green's Cool Home Checklist and tour your own abode to see what you're doing right and where you have room to improve. It's a great way to celebrate Earth Day.

Special $15 Earth Day Membership Offer!
Join the Sierra Club Today!This Earth Day become a full-fledged member of the Sierra Club -- America's most effective advocate for the environment. The Sierra Club has a proud history of protecting our imperiled wildlands and endangered species -- but we can only succeed with your help!

Join the Sierra Club today, and in addition to helping protect the environment, you will receive exclusive benefits like Sierra magazine, membership in your local Sierra Club Chapter, access to a wide range of wilderness trips and outings, discounts on Sierra Club publications and calendars, and a free Expedition Pack!

Become a member today!

Asarco: Morally Bankrupt
AsarcoLast year, Congress made it harder for individual consumers to erase their debts, but corporations still get a free pass. Sierra's Marilyn Berlin Snell investigates how one company -- the copper giant Asarco -- is using a loophole in the bankruptcy law to walk away from its environmental liabilities and leave taxpayers holding the bill.

Read "Going for Broke" and then take action in support of Senator Maria Cantwell's bill to close existing loopholes and prevent polluters from manipulating corporate bankruptcy laws and avoiding cleanup responsibilities.

What Would Jesus Do on Earth Day?
Big SurEach year the National Council of Churches produces Earth Day Sunday materials for congregations who wish to celebrate God's creation. This year's publication, Through the Eye of a Hurricane: Rebuilding Just Communities, is available online.

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Muir

Poor John Muir. The great man's birthday is April 21, but most folks are so focused on Earth Day that they forget to honor his memory. As the founding president of the Sierra Club, Muir was instrumental in the creation of Yosemite National Park and is considered by many to be the father of the conservation movement in America. Learn more about the man at our John Muir Exhibit Web site.

John Muir
Enter Our Sweepstakes

There's a lot of eco-groovy booty to be won in our Housecooling Sweepstakes. Take the Cool Home Tour and then throw your hat in the ring to win our first-prize collection, which includes a backpack, organic coffee, tea, trail mix, and -- hello -- chocolate! Other first-place prizes include books, notecards, a t-shirt and cap, a SIGG water bottle, compact fluorescent bulbs, and more! There are three second-prize gifts, too. So what are you waiting for?



Demand a Safer, More Secure Energy Future

So, you take personal responsibility to curb global warming by making your home and your hometown more energy efficient. Meanwhile, decision-makers at the federal level have their heads buried in the sand. What to do? Send a message to the chairs of the Senate and House energy committees: Tell them to pull their heads out. Sign our Energy Solutions petition and demand a safer and more secure energy future.

Photos: Mr. Green (Jim Bradbury) | Asarco (Bruce Berman)