Climate Change is Real and Can't be Ignored

As island communities, we need to ensure that we meet our obligations and commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement.  It is vital that we perform a current greenhouse gas inventory, manage our greenhouse gas reduction plan and continue forward in creating a climate action plan that capitalizes on our resiliency and envisions implementation of reductions in order to achieve our goal of a fossil-free future.  Additionally, we need to strategize for where we move our infrastructure and how it relates to our general and community plans.

I support continued funding for the city Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency.  Thursday, September 27, 2018, from 530-730pm at Aliamanu School Cafeteria will be the first of nine Climate Action Plan Public Meeting in this series being held in council districts across Oahu.  Additional meetings will be scheduled in the near future.  Stay up to date on the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency schedule of events by:

clicking here to visit their calendar

 

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350 Hawaii Event - Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice

It was a busy day in downtown Honolulu this past Saturday. There were many participants in attendance at the 350 Hawaii Event - Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice. Sharing some pictures from one of our supporters. Mahalo for representing!     
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Protecting and Preserving Our Natural Resources, Open Spaces and Coastlines

This past weekend I participated in the Ka Iwi Coalition’s Annual Hike. I am a firm supporter of protecting and preserving our natural resources, open space, and coastlines. If elected, I will continue to fight to protect these lands.

When I was in the State Legislature I introduced:

HB 1949 prohibiting the DOH to allow injections wells if it will degrade the quality of coastal water;
HB 2924 Increasing the penalties for violation of the water pollution laws and allowing civil suits to enforce water pollution laws;
HB 1942 making an appropriation to fix the Waimanalo Wastewater treatment plant;
HB 1953 requiring larger setback along shorelines and prohibiting the construction of new seawalls and groins;
HB 1946 Creating a check off box on your tax return form to designate $1 to the Beach Restoration Fund; and
HB 1275 redefining the shoreline to maximize public beaches.

The City Council has only nine members and while the legislative body is different, I know I can make as big of an environmental impact in the Council as I was able to in the State Legislature.  I believe this is one of the reasons that the Sierra Club chose to endorse my candidacy for City Council District IV and I would be honored to have your support. 

Mahalo and please vote for me on August 11.


Shared Commitment to Mālama ʻĀina

I am humbled to share the Sierra Club’s endorsement of our campaign to represent our community on the City Council.

Having such a special place to call home, we understand the importance of preserving the beauty of Hawaiʻi for generations to come.

As stewards of our islands, we know the critical need for responsible legislation that protects our finite natural resources, and we can hear loud and clear the demands for a more sustainable future.

It isn't enough to talk about protecting our natural resources - it takes effective leadership that builds bridges through hard work and respect to get the job done. I am committed to making the issues that are most important to you a top priority at the City Council - supporting an aggressive response to the growing threat of climate change, supporting measures that make renewable energy cleaner and more affordable, and increasing protection for our resources from mauka to makai.

Mahalo to the Sierra Club and all its members for the important work you do for Hawai'i's future. I am hopeful and excited for an opportunity to continue this important work together.

Please join me on August 11 and vote for a more resilient Hawaiʻi.