ulu o ka lā
(The growth of the sun)
Hawaii has an ambitious goal: Achieve 100% renewable energy by 2045. The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative says that by that time all of Hawaii’s electricity must come from renewable energy sources, such as biofuel, geothermal, hydroelectricity, ocean energy, solar and wind. Great news! But a big challenge. Hawaii is the most fossil fuel-dependent state in the country. Our unsustainable dependence on oil affects so many things, including the price of our food, gas and electricity. Hawaii’s high cost of living also contributes to the state’s teacher shortage, our struggle to create a green workforce, our lack of affordable housing and our homeless crisis.
Hawaii was the first state to adopt a 100% renewable energy goal. Awesome! So how do we get there? We can follow the lead of the many inspiring renewable energy organizations and companies on Hawaiʻi Island and neighboring islands. These organizations and companies have introduced innovative renewable energy programs and created inspiring educational resources, student energy summits, home energy challenges, carbon mitigation, and management
proposals. Check out their amazing resources, and get plugged into the fossil fuel-free movement! Let’s give fossil fuels the boot!