On Monday, February 3, people in more than 266 cities and towns across the U.S. and in Honolulu participated in protests against the Keystone XL pipeline.
In spite of rain, about 20 people held signs in front of KITV and the Hawaiian Electric (HECO) parking lot entrance on King Street with signs reading "Stop the KXL Pipeline," "Tar Sands Kill" and more. A tourist couple who arrived in Honolulu only that morning saw the announcement of the demo on a national site and made their way; one woman came with her newly made sign saying it had been years since they'd made a protest sign. Our big World Can't Wait banner reading: "Humanity and the Planet Come First" was in the mix.
While King Street was jammed with traffic at the end of a workday, response was pretty limited to affirmative honks and a few thumbs up, and our guess was that a lot of people didn't know much about the Keystone XL. One passerby yelled "what does that have to do with Hawai`i," revealing how much work we have to do to educate people about how tar sands mining (and the KXL pipeline) will not only pollute the immediate area but the entire planet.