Ascent Conference

Senator Schatz partnered with UH Sea Grant to host a day-long conference, Ascent: Building a Secure and Sustainable Water and Energy Future for Hawaii. The conference featured local and national experts including Senator Barbara Boxer of California, Nainoa Thompson of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, and many others. Following the conference, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore presented a public lecture to nearly 9,000 people at the UH Stan Sheriff Center. Vice President Gore spoke about the impacts of climate change in Hawaii and around the world and the urgent need for action.