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June 21, 2011: In This Issue
º 5 Reasons to Go Rooftop Solar
º No Sun on Wall Street?
º Hybrid Humvees
º 7 Billion and Counting
º Meet Kokei Otosi

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Summer's Here -- Let's Go!
Still not sure how you're spen ding the summer? Make it one to remember with one of our adventurous outings.

It's the first day of summer and while you could celebrate by updating your Netflix queue, odds are that you'll be a lot happier if you take a moment to see where your local Sierra Club chapter or group is planning to hike, bike, paddle, and explore the planet. And tell them The Insider sent you!

Meet Kokei Otosi

Meet Kokei Otosi
She's holding down the Best Internship on Earth this summer, and she's already been in a New York City parade, gone whitewater rafting, and summited a climbing wall on the White House lawn. (What, you thought she'd be making photocopies?) Somehow, she found time to finish her first video diary entry, too.

Hands Across the Sand

Hands Across the Sand
This Saturday, June 25, people will gather across America to raise awareness about the dangers of offshore drilling and to call on leaders to end our oil addiction. Find out how you can join the human chain.
Read Every Rooftop MattersFive Reasons to Put Solar on Your Roof

What's not to like about a source of energy that doesn't have to be mined, refined, gasified, or blown out of a mountain? Solar's about as green as it gets, and -- unlike a coal plant or a hydroelectric dam -- you can even put it on the roof of your house! Even better, it might not cost you anything to start saving on  electricity.

Read Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune's list of five reasons why every homeowner should seriously consider buying or leasing solar panels. You've got nothing to lose but skyrocketing electric bills.

Read Wall Street's Irrational, Dangerous Hatred of Solar StocksNo Sun on Wall Street

Garvin Jabusch at Green Alpha Advisors, who manages the Sierra Club Green Alpha Portfolio, regularly blogs about green energy and the emerging green economy. His latest post, which has been attracting a lot of attention, takes a look at what he describes as "Wall Street's Irrational, Dangerous Hatred of Solar Stocks."

Although we can't believe he used the word "irrational" right after "Wall Street," Garvin does make a good case for his conclusion: "Aggregate solar power demand in the global economy is huge and growing. Any way you slice it, the solar industry is currently very undervalued by analysts and traders, even though overdependence on oil is threatening to return us to recession."

Sounds like it's time for Wall Street to see the (sun)light.

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Read Blood and Oil in Sierra MagazineHybrid Humvees?

The U.S. military is going green -- but not necessarily because the top brass is worried about climate change. Up to half of the yearly American casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan have been incurred guarding fuel convoys, and officials will no longer tolerate oil's "burden in blood." Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Edward Humes looks at the Pentagon's embrace of alternative energy in the latest issue of Sierra.

Photo: U.S. Navy/Petty Officer Third Class Peter Merrill/Released

Visit the Global Population and Environment Program website7 Billion and Counting

This October, the world's population is expected to hit 7 billion people -- just barely staying ahead of the total number of Facebook profiles. Seriously, though, as our planet experiences rapid growth, unsustainable resource consumption, and a changing climate, World Population Day (July 11) is a good time to think about how global population affects health, economic inequity, and the environment.

To learn more about World Population Day visit the Sierra Club Global Population and Environment Program's website or sign up for their mailing list.

Keep the Colorado River Safe for Drinking WaterNow, That's Just Grand!

On the last day of spring, the Sierra Club closed in on a long-sought victory when Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the Obama administrations intends to protect more than 1 million acres of public lands bordering Grand Canyon National Park from new mining claims and mineral exploration for the next 20 years.

"This is a great day for the Grand Canyon, its wildlife, and everyone in the Southwest who relies on the Colorado River for drinking water," said Sandy Bahr, director of the Grand Canyon Chapter.

Hiking caps off to the thousands of Sierra Club members, supporters, and volunteers who made this victory possible !

Tell Us Why You Want to Save GasClick! Let's Save Gas

During the next month, the Obama administration will decide how strong to make the fuel-economy standards for new vehicles sold between 2017 and 2025. We need your help to ensure that those new cars meet a high standard of at least 60 mpg.

To send that message to President Obama, we're creating a photo petition that shows what's at stake. Add your own photo that illustrates why you want to see 60-mpg standard, whether it's high prices at the pump or a child who deserves a clean-energy future.

Get Your Nature On with the Outdoors Alliance for KidsGet Outdoors -- on Facebook

In celebration of National Get Outdoors Month, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (which includes the Sierra Club) has released a new Facebook application designed to inspire and encourage young people to leave the safety of their screens and get outside.

Called Get Your Nature On, the app aims to inspire young people to commit to more outdoor activities by making it easy to track and share their adventures with their friends, earn badges, and (if they're active at least five days a week) even earn a Presidential Active Lifestyle Award.