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visitors from The Sierra Club of British Columbia!
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BC Premium Partner code when you make a purchase; simply enter
"SierraBC" into the "Comments" box on the
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Finding great new products --
and supporting worthwhile work around the world.
The Sierra Club is known and respected worldwide for its long-standing,
broad-based support of environmental causes. The purpose of the
Sierra Club is to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places
of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of
the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity
to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.
We recognize that this charter is consonant with that of Greenstar;
so the British Columbia, Canada chapter of the Sierra Club is
now a Greenstar Premium Partner. This means that, when you visit
the Greenstar website as you're doing now, and make a purchase,
a portion of the proceeds will be paid to Sierra Club, BC.
Everybody wins. You get some extraordinary, unusual and thoughtful
gifts to useas gifts for any special occasion, for your home
or office. Sierra gains support for its important projects and
Greenstar 's international projects, based in developing countries,
So, who is Greenstar?
Greenstar is founded on a simple idea: that people, no matter
where they live, have the same basic needs: for food, shelter,
caring for their children and families, building their future,
leading a life of learning, creativity and dignity. Where people
in emerging nations don't enjoy the social and economic conditions
to support these basic needs, all they need is the tools to grow
by themselves, some assistance and startup resources.
And then they need everyone else to get out of the way.
Greenstar's concrete approach to delivering on this promise
is also very simple: a self-contained, solar-powered, Web-connected
community center. Including a medical clinic and telemedicine
connections, a classroom, a commercial-grade photovoltaic solar
power array, and a satellite dish for telecommunications.
Then, make it self-financing through ecommerce on the Internet.
We create a commercial website to market products from the
village worldwide, and promote the site to nearly 200 million
people who work, shop and learn on the Web every day. Allow them
to connect with the people in the villages by email. The people
in the village will decide for themselves how to use the income
to improve their lives.
In a few months, a village can advance 1000 years, from a
position where there is no electricity, no telephone or computer,
no clean water, little medical or educational support, and little
income, to a position where they are independent, growing, and
connected to the world community.
A trial installation is underway on the West Bank, in a remote
Palestinian village, with great success. To learn more, see http://www.greenstar.org/newsletter.htm
What do these people have to offer that you would be interested
in -- for holiday gifts, for your home or office?
A surprising variety of beautiful and unique items -- from
the historic Hebron area, which figures strongly in the scriptural
events of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. Gorgeous brassware;
subtle glassware and ceramics; finely-formed pottery.
And their culture -- live music recorded recently in the village,
with extraordinary Bedouin sounds from a tradition more than
5000 years old. You can get a free sample of this amazing
music by clicking here.
We also developed a gallery of artwork produced by the children
and adults of the community, which shows a startling clarity
of vision, and fine artistic balance. These digital products
can be downloaded direct to your computer, where within minutes
you'll hear amazing music and see stunning artwork. Find out
more by clicking here.
The Sierra Club was founded in 1892 by the legendary naturalist
and writer, John Muir. Muir sparked the public interest in conservation
through outings into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. He believed
that interaction with the natural landscape inspires environmental
stewardship, and that approach still fuels the Sierra Club today,
now an international grassroots organization over 500,000 members
The Sierra Club of British Columbia (SCBC) began its work
in 1969 in support of efforts to protect the famous West Coast
Trail. SCBC's current campaigns are aimed at protecting critical
wildlife habitat, protecting wild salmon and other marine resources,
stopping clearcut logging, and saving remaining ancient temperate
forests and other threatened ecosystems throughout British Columbia.
Sierra Club of British Columbia has a track record built on
credibility and balance. Its accomplishments include, among many
- Protecting the NitNat Triangle on Vancouver Island.
- Bringing international focus to Clayoquot Sound, now a model
for change in
community and First Nations management of our forests.
- Leading the way for protection of over 70,000ha. of ancient
Vancouver Island including; Carmanah, Tahsish, Tsitika/Robson
- Encouraging the creation of 156 new parks in B.C.
including the Stein Valley, the Northern Rockies and Tatshenshini.
- Using GIS mapping and satellite imagery to identify and help
ancient coastal rainforest.
- Preventing destructive mining practices in Northern B.C.
To contact the Sierra Club BC, send email to
or visit the organization's website at http://www.sierraclub.ca/bc
How does this benefit the Sierra Club of British
Make a purchase here on the Greenstar website. Or call, toll-free
to 877-282-9900 to quickly receive a printed catalog by overnight
mail (323-422-9602 outside the U.S. and Canada).
When you shop, enter this order code:
into the Comments box on the order form.
That's all. Greenstar automatically pays 8% of your total
purchase, including shipping, to Sierra, which uses the funds
to support its important work.
Thank you from Greenstar and the Sierra Club of British Columbia.
here to start shopping at the
Greenstar Solar-Powered Ecommerce website.
Before you click..remember your Sierra Club
BC Premium Partner code
when you make a purchase; simply enter
"SierraBC" into the "Comments" box
on the order form.
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"Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a
give him a fishing pole and he'll feed his whole family for a