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Sierra Summit 2005
Save the date: September 8–11, 2005. San Francisco. That’s when the Sierra Club will hold its first-ever national environmental convention and exposition. Sierra Summit 2005 will bring together thousands of Club members and supporters in one place and will feature three days of personal inspiration, networking, top-flight keynote speakers, 60+ workshops packed with visionary ideas and practical how-to’s, star-studded entertainment, and an exhibition hall of cutting-edge products and solutions, and ideas for living well and caring for our environment. The summit will also be an opportunity for Club grassroots activists and leaders to deliberate the Club’s future. The summit steering committee, chaired by board members Greg Casini and Lisa Renstrom, below in lobster bibs, is seeking ideas and volunteers. Go to sierraclub.org/sierrasummit.

 

Hybrid SUV, Hybrid Thinking
Unions and environmentalists don’t always see eye to eye, but on Labor Day, Jill Miller, Sierra Club organizer from St. Louis, at left, teamed up with Mike Perry, president of United Auto Workers Local 249 in Kansas City, to write an op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch applauding Ford’s new Escape Hybrid SUV. “Too often,” they write, “we have fallen for politicians’ and corporations’ arguments that a clean, healthy environment can happen only at the expense of well-paying jobs. That’s a sacrifice no one should have to make in America today, and the introduction of the first American-made hybrid car is helping to change that kind of thinking.” The Escape is manufactured at a Missouri plant that employs 5,600 UAW members and it is projected to get 33 miles per gallon—almost twice the fuel efficiency of a typical SUV.

 

Reckless Abandon
A Bush administration policy established in January 2003 has “given developers and other polluters a green light to ignore the Clean Water Act,” says Robin Mann, chair of the Club’s Clean Water Campaign and co-author of a new report, “Reckless Abandon: How the Bush Administration is Exposing America’s Waters to Harm.” The report, published in August by the Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthjustice, and National Wildlife Federation, explains how the Army Corps of Engineers declined to enforce federal protections against water pollution in lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands across the country, including a 150-mile-long river in New Mexico, thousands of acres of wetlands in one of Florida’s most important watersheds, and headwater streams in Appalachia. “The administration must immediately withdraw the January 2003 policy directive,” the report concludes, “and replace it with clear instructions to Corps and EPA staff [to] enforce existing Clean Water Act limits…to the full extent of the law.”

Meaty Reading
Longtime Sierra Club clean water specialist Ken Midkiff’s new book, “The Meat We Eat: How Corporate Farming Has Endangered America's Food Supply,” depicts the sorry state of our meat supply. So settle in over a tofu burger or a free-range chicken fillet and educate your palate. (St. Martin’s Press)


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