#WEARESTILLIN BACKGROUND & CONTEXT:
June 1, 2017
President Donald Trump announced that the United States would be pulling out from its commitment to the Paris Accord, a global pact to respond to the threat of climate change threat by keeping a global temperature rise this century below 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels, and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
June 1, 2017
University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner signed an open letter to the international community and parties to the Paris Agreement from U.S. state, local, higher education, and business leaders in an unprecedented action now known as #WeAreStillIn.
“We Are Still In” represents more than 2,500 leaders from America’s city halls, state houses, boardrooms, and college campuses who have signed the We Are Still In declaration since its initial release on June 5, 2017. This network of networks represents more than 127 million Americans and $6.2 trillion of the U.S. economy.
June 6, 2017
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell joins over 1,200 other mayors, governors, business leaders and universities across the country by pledging to maintain the commitment to fight climate change and abide by the principles of the global climate accord. In recognition of the City and County of Honolulu’s pledge to follow the Paris Climate Agreement, Honolulu Hale was illuminated green from June 6, 2017 through Sunday, June 11, 2017.
June 7, 2017
The State of Hawaiʻi becomes the first in the nation to adopt legislation committing the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in alignment with the Paris Agreement, establishing the legal basis for Hawaiʻi to continue adaptation and mitigation strategies, despite the Federal government’s withdrawal from the agreement.
November 1, 2017
Hawaiʻi Green Growth hosts annual partnership retreat at the Thompson household in Niu Valley to reconnect with its roots in the Mālama Hawaiʻi movement, set strategic partner priorities to advance integrated green growth across sectors from 2018-2020 and identify opportunities to drive joint action on the Aloha+Challenge 2030 sustainability goals.
Over 70 leaders participate, representing organizations and networks from community, public and private spheres, and articulate “a need to support multi-generational knowledge transfer to cultivate the next generation of local- global leaders.” A Local-Global Working Group is established to support pathways from the “lo‘i to the UN” to demonstrate integrated local solutions have global relevance.
November 6-20, 2017
Hawaiʻi sends an official delegation to represent the state at the United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) held in Bonn, Germany. Official delegates include representatives from the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and the Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC).
NOVEMBER 27, 2017: “WE ARE STILL IN” CIVIC CONVERSATION
The University of Hawaiʻi Office of Sustainability and the Hawaii Human Rights Institute host an all-day symposium featuring films, workshops, and panels featuring featuring UH students, UH climate scientists, County & State officials, delegates who attended COP 23, and experienced climate negotiators. View day’s agenda here.