City officials have scheduled four more community meetings to discuss the impacts of climate change across Oahu.
The city’s Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency is holding the meetings to get community input for Oahu’s first-ever Climate Action Plan in partnership with Honolulu City Council members on Wednesday as well as Oct. 29, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13.
“We used to talk about the climate crisis as something that would impact our kids,” said Josh Stanbro, the city’s Chief Resilience Officer, in a news release. “But, it’s now clear that we need to take steps immediately to protect ourselves and our island quality of life. To succeed, our shared Climate Action Plan must reflect the wisdom and voice of our local community.”
During the meetings, city officials said participants will engage in a “game” that sparks discussion about the best way to transition Oahu to a clean energy future and meet its commitment to the Paris climate agreement set by state and city leaders.
Gov. David Ige and Hawaii’s four county mayors have set goals for fossil fuel-free ground transportation and 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. The Climate Action Plan takes citizen input and translates it into specific actions and policies required to achieve these broader goals by 2045.
The next four community meetings have been scheduled as follows:
>> East Honolulu: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hawaii Kai Public Library, 249 Lunalilo Home Road.
>> Town: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Neal S. Blaisdell Center, Hawaii Suites, 777 Ward Ave.
>> North Shore: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Waialua Elementary School Cafeteria, 67-020 Waialua Beach Road.
>> Leeward Oahu: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Kapolei Hale, Conference Rooms A & B, 1000 Uluohia St.
More information about the meetings is available at resilientoahu.org/calendar. Additional public meetings are still being scheduled for other areas of Oahu, and will be announced at a future date.