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City to hold its first “climate action” community meeting this Thursday

The city, in partnership with Honolulu council members, is hosting its first set of community meetings to discuss the impacts of climate change on Oahu, starting this Thursday.

The city’s Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency will discuss climate change impacts already affecting Oahu, strategies for reducing greenhouse emissions and seek input from residents on the priority of actions needed for a more resilient future in its first Climate Action Plan.

“In the wake of hurricanes Lane and Olivia, local government is stepping up to make our communities safer and take the lead on climate change,” said Josh Stanbro, the city’s Chief Resilience Officer in a news release. “We are honored to be working with council members to make sure that Oahu’s Climate Action Plan reflects the insights and experiences of citizens across the island.”

The first two community meetings have been scheduled as follows:

>> 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Aliamanu Middle School cafeteria, 3271 Salt Lake Blvd. (co-hosted by Honolulu City Councilman Joey Manahan).

>> 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Pearlridge Elementary School cafeteria, 98-940 Moanalua Road in Aiea (co-hosted by Honolulu City Councilman Brandon Elefante).

During the meetings, participants will engage in a game to spark discussion about transitioning Oahu to a clean energy future and meeting the goals of the Paris climate agreement.

State and county government leaders have already set several initiatives they hope to achieve, including fossil-fuel free ground transportation and a mandate of 100 percent renewable energy in Hawaii by 2045.

Additional public meetings are being scheduled for other areas of Oahu, to be announced at a future date and posted at resilientoahu.org/calendar.

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