State delegation attends global climate negotiations

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige is leading a group of state and county leaders to Glasgow, Scotland for COP26 (Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change), underway now and continuing through November 12.

COP26 is being heralded as the most consequential meeting of world leaders to discuss climate change since the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015. Hawai‘i was the first state to show its commitment to climate action by embracing the Paris Agreement in law and creating the state’s Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission. The state is also the first in the world to commit to a 100% clean energy goal.

During the regular meeting of the Commission on Monday, Ige outlined the importance of climate change considerations for Hawai‘i and our Pacific neighbors, and the sense of urgency the delegation is bringing to other world leaders.

“I want to make it clear that government action at the sub-national level is needed, do-able and in line with how our society can and should function,” Ige said in a release. “Climate change is an existential threat and like traditional navigators in Hawaiian voyaging canoes, we can see storm clouds ahead.”

He went on to detail the next generation of priority policies and high-impact actions the U.S. Climate Alliance is bringing forward at COP26. According to the Climate Alliance, this is to lead the world in the development of new, innovative, and effective climate policies and actions.

  1. Nadya Penoff November 2, 2021 7:45 am Reply

    Grateful to Ige, however please give the names of the state and county leaders who are going to the COP26 in Scotland. This is good news!

    1. Catherine Robinson November 3, 2021 8:03 am Reply

      Most importantly, I want to see the solutions implemented in our community to hold the biggest polluters responsible for leading by example of creating a CIRCULAR ECONOMY….
      I have enough education to stay informed of the global efforts of individuals and NGO such as The Ellen Mc Carthey foundation and so many other efforts to help cleanup the air, land and sea.
      Alternative news is available for all who are really interested….
      I plan on going to Scotland someday myself to see first hand how the people are managing their resources responsibly….

  2. Doug November 2, 2021 9:12 am Reply

    That’s great! Not only does Biden have an 85 car motorcade at this event (and all the jet fuel used to get all those people there) now the State is contributing to climate change by flying over there to attend this conference. How much more damage was done to the climate by holding this event??? These people do more damage by holding their “events” than they ever resolve at the events! Ever hear of Zoom!!!!!!

  3. RG DeSoto November 2, 2021 9:17 am Reply

    Perfect…Ige can join Joe Biden for an expensive nap in Glasgow.
    This entire conference is a huge waste of time, our money and scarce resources. How egotistical of politicians, their NGO minions and other climate activists to think that they can alter the cosmic forces that have cycled the earth’s climate for billions of years. All they’ll accomplish by any resulting policies is to impoverish people and stunt the economic development of poor countries in Africa and elsewhere around the world.
    RG DeSoto

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