Progress On Climate Change Is Pathway For Economic Recovery
December 31, 2020 - The twin crises of COVID-19 and climate change are good examples of the kinds of increasing and compounding 21st-century shocks and stresses facing our island community.
The Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency has seen these realities firsthand in 2020, with our staff serving in the city emergency operations center for both COVID-19 and hurricane responses alike. It’s clear that the faster we build community and climate resilience, the safer we’ll be — but also the better off our economy will be.
The problem is building that resilience can be tough. While many with economic interests in the status quo will say they don’t oppose sustainability or deny climate change, they quickly follow with “but start with someone else first,” or “we can’t move too fast.”
The problem with climate change — like COVID-19 — is that it doesn’t care what people think or what business interests might deem “politically palatable.” The science and speed of both don’t lie, and we ignore them at our peril.
Thankfully, Hawaii has the largest majority of citizens in the nation who understand the urgency of climate resilience and have demanded real solutions instead of hollow words. Over the past four years, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the outgoing City Council have quietly answered that call and worked together to lay a foundation for a “green” economic recovery with an impressive series of strong climate policies.
GET ACCESS TO THE CLIMATE ACTION PLAN: https://resilientoahu.org/climate-action-plan