Friday, December 29, 2006

You can't argue with the Truth

OK. I admit it. I bought and finally watched the DVD of the movie, "An Inconvenient Truth" starring the former next President of the United States, Al Gore. Wow. What a powerful film this is. I wept when I saw the many clearly presented examples of how our reckless behavior is fouling our nest. You know the one I mean. The Earth.

That's right, WE ARE causing global warming. That's right, it IS our relentless spewing of all things carbon dioxide that is the primary culprit for the pickle we now find ourselves in.

Did you know that one of the most damning pieces of evidence presented in this film that proves, yes PROVES that Global Warming is real, and that WE are causing it are climate records extracted from ice cores from Antarctica? Neither did I.

These ice core climate records go back for over 650,000 years and they clearly show that there has NEVER been as much carbon dioxide in our atmosphere as there is today. I did not know that either. See this movie. It will open your eyes.

The evidence is so clearly presented here that even the Chimp-in-chief could understand the issue if he chose to see this movie. Of course, he never will see it, but you should see it. Buy it, rent it, borrow it, steal it (no not really) and see it already.

In the end, Al Gore rescued me from what could have been a generally depressing way to spend a Friday night by exuding a seemingly limitless supply of hope that we have the power, as well as the tools to change our potentially ghastly future. All we need now is the will to do so.

Thank you Al Gore. I love that guy.

Rene' Maggio
Delta Chapter Webmaster

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Free copies of The Inconvenient Truth for Teachers!

This opportunity just came up through and we wanted you to be some of the first to know about it.

There are currently 50,000 copies of Al Gore's movie about Climate Change, "An Inconvenient Truth" to give away to teachers in the United States. The first 50,000 teachers who apply are eligible to win. There is a limit of one DVD per teacher. All entries must be received by January 18, 2007. Please visit their website soon to get your copy!

Good Luck!

Levana Saxon
Education Coordinator,
Grassroots Organizer
Rainforest Action Network

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Sierra Club Radio Launch

The Communications Team is pleased to announce the launch this Saturday, December 16th, of "Sierra Club Radio," a weekly half hour radio program that will be broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area and available nationally on the Web and via podcast. Sierra Club Radio is designed to help us meet the mounting demand for "green" news -- information Americans can use as consumers, as citizens, as neighbors and parents to make responsible choices, to connect to the growing environmental community.

The program, produced by Sierra Club staff and hosted by Club publicist Orli Cotel, will feature Sierra Club content – including lifestyle tips from Sierra magazine's Green Life editor Jennifer Hattam and Mr. Green, Bob Schildgen; in-depth interviews with Sierra Club Books authors and contributors to Sierra magazine; and political observations and commentary by Executive Director Carl Pope. The program will also highlight stories from our conservation work, our grassroots fieldwork, and our partnership work -- especially our hunter/angler and faith outreach efforts. In addition, Sierra Club Radio will feature in-depth conversations with a wide range of environmental experts and activists, artists, and authors inspired by nature.

In terms of the broader communications context, Sierra Club Radio provides us the ability to tell our stories, highlight our issues, and share our expertise and advice directly, unfiltered by the media. And it provides one more communications channel for the Sierra Club to promote our programs, principles, and brand, and to reinforce the stories we are also telling in print, in video and on-line. Our ultimate goal in 2007 is to make this content available broadly to radio stations across America. In fact, the content consultant who helped us secure our twice-monthly programming on Air America is working with us pro bono to help us identify markets and programs that would be interested in airing segments from Sierra Club Radio.

Sierra Club radio is broadcast every Saturday at 3:30 pm on the Quake radio (960 am) in the Bay Area. The program will be available on the Web and via podcast the following Monday at Please check it out and let us know what you would like to hear on Sierra Club Radio. If you have story ideas, please send them to, and put “Sierra Club Radio story idea” in the subject line.

Here is the first show’s line up to give you an idea of the mix of
content we will be offering:

Jen Hattam on Green Holiday Tips
Chris Paine, filmmaker and director of Who Killed the Electric Car
Carl Pope on what to expect from the new Congress
Mark Heileson on the surprising public transit revolution in Utah
Ask Mr. Green
Sarah Alexander on spending 12 months on an entirely local foods diet