Dr. Lisa Marten loves being in nature as she enjoys surfing, mountain biking, and hiking with her dog near her home on Oahu. She recalls her initial awareness of climate change during her graduate school education during the mid-nineties, but this was not the social issue she was most concerned with at the time.
In 2004, Lisa installed photovoltaic panels to power her home as a first step towards a more energy efficient lifestyle. In time, she said, “I made easy changes that didn't disrupt my life but were the right things to do. I was passive in my approach initially, I just did what I could.” Although she did not initially use clean transportation, she began her journey in 2014 through buying an electric Prius. Lisa recognized her earlier use of an electric Prius as being a pivotal purchase that led her to obtain her current electric car, the Tesla Model 3. As she adopted clean transportation, she began managing her and her family's lifestyle through ethical efficiency.
In the last several years, Lisa felt like reducing her own footprint was not enough. She tried to learn more about climate change and started a local non-profit, Healthy Climate Communities. As its president, Lisa supports education and action in Hawaii to combat climate change. This initiative intends to create a new public school curriculum that integrates climate change education.