Are You a Climate Friendly Family?

Climate Friendly Family Exhibit
Climate Friendly Family Exhibit - Kīlauea Visitor Center Lānai

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Five National Parks in Hawai‘i Launch a Climate-Friendly Family Campaign.

Are you a Climate-Friendly Family? Find out by visiting one of five national parks in Hawai'i and join the campaign to kick carbon to the curb! Your family can participate by visiting Haleakalā NP, Hawai‘i Volcanoes NP, Kaloko-Honokōhou NHP, Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau NHP and Pu‘ukoholā Heiau NHS. Just stop by the park visitor centers or county fair booths and pick up one of the colorful booklets, complete the activities, and receive a cool prize and certificate.

The booklet's activities challenge your family to scrutinize your carbon dioxide footprint both at home and while on vacation, and to brainstorm ideas on how you can reduce your environmental impact. Your family searches the park for scavenger hunt stickers that identify how the site reduces its carbon-dioxide footprint. Then you help park rangers identify additional opportunities where they can do even better.

To complete the workbook, think inside the box, literally! Visit the interactive Climate-Friendly Family exhibit --an elevated hollow box almost 5 and 1/2 feet square. You'll learn that when just one gallon of gasoline is burned, it releases enough CO2 gas to fill the big box. While inside the box, your family can use the calculator to see how much CO2 your vehicle produced on your drive to the park. You will learn that a good way to deal with that extra CO2 might be to plant native Hawaiian trees. For example, just one mature koa tree can absorb and store 44 pounds of carbon dioxide every year!

So bring your families to the national parks in Hawai‘i, enjoy the volcanoes, and experience the rich heritage of Hawaiian culture. While here, participate in the Climate-Friendly Family campaign and learn how to kick carbon to the curb! You and our planet will be happy you did!

This fun and interactive way to learn about your family's carbon dioxide footprint was created by the interpretive staff at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The project is funded through a grant provided by Unilever and managed by the Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

Climate Friendly Family Workbook

Download the Climate Friendly Family Workbook:

page 1 - jpg 1.71MB
page 2 - jpg 1.89MB
page 3 - jpg 1.87MB
page 4 - jpg 2.18MB

Exhibit Panels

Download the Exhibit Panels:

panel 1 - jpg 5.48MB
panel 2 - jpg 10.8MB
panel 3 - jpg 8.8MB
panel 4 - jpg 8.5MB
panel 5 - jpg 8.6MB
panel 6 - jpg 14.3MB

Climate Friendly Stickers

Download Examples of Climate Friendly Family Stickers:

compact fluorescent lightbulbs - jpg 715KB
low flow toilets - jpg 666KB
recycle & reduce - jpg 600KB
solar panels - jpg 696KB
waterless urinals - jpg 653KB

DID YOU KNOW? Of the thousands of volcanoes on earth, 30 to 40 volcanoes are usually erupting somewhere on the planet. When Kīlauea Volcano erupts, which is almost all the time, it produces more that 3 million tons of CO2 a year. But active volcanoes produce far less CO2 than we do! People produce 100 times more CO2 annually than all of Earth's erupting volcanoes combined!

Last updated: August 30, 2017

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