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Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 12:00 am

Every other Wednesday, UH Mānoa students and members of the community gather for an Ecology Club-sponsored environmental film series.

Last week, the club hosted "Fuel," a documentary that discusses the reality of gasoline and oil in the American economy.

"There's prizes and there's good food, good people and it's just a good vibe. It's Environmental Studies, and it's a good message that the video puts out," said UH senior Tron Rale, attending the event for the second time.

Since last semester, the Ecology Club, Surfrider Foundation Club, and students from the Environmental Studies program have worked together to put on the biweekly film screening. The events often include prize giveaways featuring items such as board shorts and shell necklaces, with the possibility of a surfboard in the future.

On film nights, students are invited to bring their incandescent lights bulbs to trade in for energy-saving compact florescent light bulbs, compliments of Blue Planet. CFLs use up to 75 percent less energy and last 10 times longer than incandescent light bulbs. The club believes in taking one small step at a time to become more environmentally friendly.

"We are in charge of our future. To irresponsibly disregard the real threats and realities is to live against what our values are, especially in Hawai‘i," said Ecology Club member Keri Namimoto.

"Without this land, we would have nothing, so we must respect it and take care of it," she said.

These events are targeted at UH students and community members to promote understanding of environmental issues and possible progressive action. By showing these films, the club hopes to broaden knowledge of environmental problems and provide incentives for attendees to consider environmentally friendly practices.

"We understand everybody may not have the means to implement several changes in their lifestyles, but we do have opportunities like the free CFL light bulb exchange, beach cleanups, recycling, and just planting our own vegetables – cleaning up after ourselves, that we should all do," Namimoto said.

The next showing and CFL exchange is Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, next to the Sustainability Courtyard. Future film showing dates and locations are subject to change.