Positive steps toward impeding climate change

As a volunteer with Organizing for Action, a nonprofit national movement to carry through with our president’s campaign pledges during the 2012 election, I was encouraged to read about two significant steps taken here in Hawaii to impede climate change.

First was Hawaiian Electric Co.’s decision to start closing down power plants and generators throughout the islands, beginning with its Honolulu Power Plant, along with two of four units at the Kahului Power Plant on Maui next year. Other closings at other locations will follow within a five-year plan. The energy from these oil-fired units will be replaced by renewables such as solar and wind by the end of 2015.

Then I read the July 3 Viewpoint written by Maui’s Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee about OHA’s participation and financial support for the development of geothermal energy on the Big Island. Carmen Hulu Lindsey expressed the desire to curtail oil imports to the islands and show the way to our children and future generations on how we can be more self-reliant and to secure a sustainable lifestyle here in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

For those readers who wish to add to the chorus determined to slow climate change locally, come to OFA’s beach get-together at Kamaole III Beach Park from 3 to 6 p.m. July 28. We will share what we know about steps we all can take to impede climate change.

Keith Echeverri