The Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism released a recent report lauding local areas businesses that have tipped the scales in green efforts. With a myriad of new methods of waste repurposing, solar energy, and water recycling, it has become easier than ever for businesses to go green, and 13 businesses on the islands have been recognized for these practices. It comes as no surprise to any of the local inhabitants that Hawaii would be one of the countries front runners in green energy efforts, as we are all plainly in love with the natural beauty of our area, and efforts to conserve the health and well being of our local environment is something sacred to all of us.
As talks fail up in Washington on the Paris Agreement Accord, it’s up to local areas to do their parts where the national leaders won’t, and by taking our impact on the environment in our own hands, we have the means to set a standard for other businesses to come. These steps made by local area businesses and events serve as a reminder to all area inhabitants that we have the ability to make a change in our impact on the environment, and by everyone taking part, we do our share of bettering the planet we live on, and our own little island paradise. Overall, eight local events have also been praised for their efforts in producing green attractions such as the Kona Brewer’s Festival, and when we can hold events of this magnitude, without making a significant carbon impact on our land, it goes to show the capacity we have as a people nowadays to still enjoy all the islands have to offer without needing to have any negative impact in their wake.
We all understand the impact that we have on our planet, and we have seen the waste washing up on our shores from distant states and countries. Ignoring these effects just isn’t possible for island loving Hawaiians, and it’s starting to show from the growth of recycling programs for residents, all the way to large corporations on the island doing their part to reduce the negative effects that we may cause. It’s through these larger companies taking it upon themselves to step up and make a positive change, that it can be reflected across all residents of the islands, and to set an example that we can mush more easily follow.
Supporting these companies is our way of showing that we stand behind their efforts, and perhaps as we all band together as we have been forced to do so many times throughout the long and storied history of Hawaii, we can become the first state to operate on a Green foundation, and let the mainland hear our voices when we say that we can make a difference, and that we care about our land, our people, and our planet enough to make the necessary changes to our former ways.