August 31st, 2016
What do Hermes, AirBuggy, and Bank of Hawai‘i all have in common? They are among the numerous businesses in Waikiki that have taken the “Climate Pledge” to keep their doors closed while they use air conditioning during the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress. From September 1st through the 10th, participating retailers will be doing their part to prevent cool, conditioned air from wastefully escaping out of storefronts.
It’s all part of the newly implemented “Close it for the Climate” initiative, powered by Blue Planet Foundation and Hawai‘i Energy.
“We applaud the stores who are taking the ‘Climate Pledge’ and doing the right thing,” said Jeff Mikulina, Executive Director of the Blue Planet Foundation. “Air conditioning uses a tremendous amount of energy. Wasting that energy is not only expensive, it sends the wrong signal to customers and visitors.”
“Having our Honolulu businesses make this pledge sends a strong message to the nearly 5,000 delegates participating in the World Conservation Congress that Hawai‘i cares about being energy smart, protecting our environment, and living in a sustainable way,” said Brian Kealoha, Hawai‘i Energy Executive Director. “I thank the Blue Planet Foundation for collaborating on this initiative that’s vitally important to the people of Hawai‘i and the world.”
Waikiki retailers and other interested businesses are being asked to keep their doors closed while the air conditioning is running as a way to show customers and visitors that they care about addressing climate concerns while also playing an active role in helping our state reach its 100% clean energy goal. Stores and restaurants are invited to take the “Climate Pledge” online at cooltheclimate.com.
The “Close it for the Climate” initiative will launch on September 1st in conjunction with the opening of the World Conservation Congress being held at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. Nicknamed “the Olympics of Conservation,” the Congress is the world’s largest environmental and nature conservation event, with over 150 countries represented. President Barack Obama will be visiting Honolulu on Wednesday, August 31, in conjunction with the launch of the global conservation gathering.
The initial list of businesses that have made the “Close it for the Climate” pledge includes:
“Keeping the doors closed while the air conditioning is on is a common sense climate solution,” Mikulina added. “The World Conservation Congress is Hawai‘i’s chance to shine and show the world that we are serious about shrinking our carbon footprint.”