WAIKIKI - On November 11 and 12, nearly 200 hundred students from around the state participated in Blue Planet Foundation’s 2018 Student Energy Summit at the Hawaii Convention Center. Middle and high school students from 24 public and private schools put their problem-solving skills into action on real world clean energy issues through interactive workshops and unique hands-on challenges.
 
The Summit comes less than a month after the release of a landmark report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which warns of disastrous consequences if humans fail to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius. Youth, who will bear the brunt of the climate crisis, had a chance to contribute to solving it at Blue Planet’s Student Energy Summit. The Summit is sponsored by Clearway Energy Group, LLC.     
 
The theme of this year's Summit is “SPACESHIP EARTH: failure is not an option.” The theme draws from the story of the Apollo 13 moon mission, which provides an analogy for our climate crisis.

When an explosion on board Apollo 13 threatened the lives of the astronauts, they engaged in creative problem-solving with engineers and designers on the ground to return safely to earth. The climate crisis calls for an equally inventive and collaborative effort, and the Student Energy Summit gave youth a chance to work together to design solutions.
 
On Day 1, students participated in “energy missions” to learn about energy efficiency, energy storage, carbon removal, and effective communications from community experts. Attendees translated their learning into practice on Day 2, working in teams to create energy plans for their communities and schools.