Environmental Club participates in Carbon Neutrality Challenge

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Environmental Club participates in Carbon Neutrality Challenge

By Leila Hirayama

By Leila Hirayama

By Leila Hirayama

Leila Hirayama, guest writer

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On Saturday, December 7th, the McKinley Environmental Club participated in The Carbon Neutrality Challenge. The Carbon Neutrality Challenge is led by Dr. Camilio Mora, an associate professor in the Geography and Environment department at the UH Manoa College of Social Sciences. The purpose of this challenge is to help make Hawaii the first carbon neutral state in the nation. The goal of this event was to plant 10,000 trees. This was not done without hard work.

“There was a lot of drama to get these trees in the ground,” said Mora.

Originally scheduled to be on October 26th, the event got delayed due to a complication in finding a venue. The event took place at gunstock ranch, located in Kahuku. At one point, there were nearly 2,000 people planting trees on site. Almost all 10,000 native hawaiian trees were planted, with just a few trees remaining to plant. Next year, Mora and his team hope to organize another event with a new goal of planting 100,000 trees.