Hawaii represented at summit addressing climate, culture

HONOLULU — “Global climate change, especially sea-level rise, is perhaps the biggest threat to cultural heritage in Hawaii, the Pacific and globally,” said Alan Downer, administrator of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources State Historic Preservation Division.

Historic fishponds, petroglyphs, coastal trails and heiau are among the numerous archaeological sites in Hawaii which could be affected in coming years.

DLNR is a key player in the state’s efforts to address climate change, with the development of the Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report and hosting of meetings of the Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission.

Recognizing this trend and the need to identify and take responsible action, culture, heritage, tribal, climate and community leaders from Hawaii and around the world will meet on Wednesday at the Cultural Heritage Mobilization component of the Global Climate Action Summit 2018 in San Francisco.

The Global Climate Action Summit will bring together state and local governments, businesses and citizens from around the world to showcase climate action and inspire deeper commitments in support of the Paris Agreement.

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