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Rock ‘n Renew hosting candlelight vigil (Dec. 12)


As climate negotiators gather in Copenhagen, local residents will hold a candlelight vigil at 69 Beach in Puako (MM 69 past Hapuna Beach) at sunset Saturday Dec. 12, to demonstrate public support for an agreement strong enough to actually slow climate change.

This local action will join thousands of coordinated vigil in more than 100 countries as part of “The World Wants a Real Deal” campaign to demand a fair, ambitious and binding climate agreement.

As night falls around the world, people across the globe will be holding coordinated vigils of their own, from a group outside the U.S. embassy in typhoon-damaged Manila, to a crowd of thousands in Copenhagen, the site of the U.N. climate talks.

Beginning at 4 p.m. concerned community members, leaders from the environmental community, teachers and politicians are invited to gather on the beach.

A photographer will be positioned on “crab island” outcropping to capture the vigil on the beach. Surfers in the water with candles on their boards, and the main group on the beach, with Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea in the background. Also planned is a “talk story” session to provide community members the opportunity to share ideas for how to make their communities more sustainable.

Photos from events all over the world can be seen at:

For more information on the global 350 campaign, please visit or contact Jamie Henn in Copenhagen,

“The World Wants a Real Deal” is a joint effort coordinated by the TckTckTck,, and Avaaz campaigns to call for a fair, ambitious and binding climate treaty in Copenhagen. coordinated an International Day of Climate Action in late October that CNN called “the most widespread day of political action in the planet’s history,” with 5,200 rallies in 181 countries. The campaign is calling on world leaders to create a climate agreement that lowers the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere below 350 parts per million, what scientists say is the safe upper limit.

Rock ‘n Renew is a non-profit that helps students and communities develop sustainability solutions that include gardening/composting workshops, green job training, energy conservation workshops, and more. Rock ‘n Renew uses art and music to teach in an exciting way.

Rock ‘n Renew was founded by part-time Big Island resident and musician Jonny Dubowsky. Member artists include Debbie Harry, Everclear, The Fountains of Wayne, Kal Penn, Jesse Malin and Modest Mouse.

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