Coinciding with international Earth Day, more than 1,000 community members and students joined Blue Planet Foundation for the Blue Line Project, which used chalk to draw ‘blue lines’ that mark areas across the state that would be impacted by the 3.2 foot sea level rise. Blue Planet Foundation is a local non-profit organisation centred on powering the transition to 100% clean energy in Hawaii (https://blueplanetfoundation.org/about/).
The Blue Line was drawn in 15 locations, to raise awareness about climate change. Those taking part included students, teachers, community leaders, lawmakers, fire service officers, businesses, and Hawaii residents, plus local government representatives, including from Honolulu’s Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency.
The project was backed up in the preceding few weeks by visits from Blue Planet to over 50 classrooms and speaking directly to nearly 2,500 students across the state.
As well as raising awareness on the islands, the aim was to send the message: Hawaii cares about protecting the planet. Work is now under way to collectively prepare videos, photos, letters and messages from the day and deliver these to national leaders and the rest of the world.