Hundreds of students and community members gathered at the State Capitol Tuesday to rally for clean energy in honor of Earth Day.
The rally included students from Farrington High, Waialua High and Intermediate, Nanakuli High and Intermediate, Leilehua High, Hawaii Pacific University, Hongwanji Mission School, Iolani and Le Jardin Academy.
“The youth really need to be involved because they’re the future of the whole climate change and how everything is going to play out,” said Nainoa Webb, a student at Le Jardin Academy. “If we don’t start right now with the youth, then by the time we grow up and our children start, it’ll be too late.”
Local artists Drew Toonz and Michal Abramovitz collaborated with the students on a clean energy mural.
Blue Planet Foundation founder Henk Rogers, Sen. Mike Gabbard, Senate energy committee chair, and Rep. Chris Lee, House energy and environment committee chair, addressed the crowd.
The rally was organized by Blue Planet Foundation, a local non-profit behind Hawaii’s clean energy movement.
One of the bills organizers are backing is Senate Bill 2934, which would allow renters, residents who live in condos or apartments, and homeowners with homes on saturated circuits, to invest in solar electricity located off their property and offset their energy bills.