Marshall Islands president calls for global climate actionUniversity of Hawaiʻi
Chief Communications Officer, UH Communications
Link to video and sound (details below): https://bit.ly/2WD6J64
WHAT: Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine kicked off the 2019 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference with a keynote address that called for a united front in taking climate action on behalf of those first and worst affected by its impacts.
WHEN: Thursday, October 31, 2019
WHERE: Hawaiʻi Convention Center 1801 Kalāakaua Ave, Honolulu, Hawai‘i
WHO: A record breaking audience of 5,000 attendees at the largest and most diverse gathering of underrepresented minority STEM leaders, professionals, scientists and students at 2019 SACNAS - National Diversity in STEM Conference.
WHY: The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)—a broadly inclusive organization with a 46-year history of fostering and promoting success for underrepresented minorities in STEM—is a training ground for the next generation of diverse STEM professionals. The event aims to level the playing field for first-generation college students of color by offering critical tools for success in STEM such as mentorship, professional development and networking opportunities.
The University of Hawai‘i is the presenting sponsor for the 2019 SACNAS - National Diversity in STEM Conference.
Polynesian Voyaging Society President Nainoa Thompson, a master navigator, was also a featured speaker at the conference today and received a standing ovation.
At today’s opening ceremony the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa offered a Land Acknowledgement, a formal statement paying tribute to the original inhabitants of the land. UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno delivered the Land Acknowledgement as part of his opening remarks: https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2019/10/31/uh-manoa-land-acknowledgment-to-native-hawaiians/
B-ROLL: (1 Minute 55 seconds)
0:00-1:08, 12 clips: SACNAS opening ceremony
1:08-1:14: sign outside of convention center
1:14-1:47, 4 clips: University of Hawaii System booth at the exhibit hall
1:47-1:55, 3 clips: various booths in the exhibit hall
Hilda Heine, Marshall Islands President (16 seconds)
“The time has come for has come for the global community to seek viable and effective solutions to the climate crisis and to do so with unrestrained speed.”
Heine (16 seconds)
“It is my hope that the global community can summon the leadership needed to urgently increase its ambition to get us on a pathway consistent with the Paris agreement and to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.”
Nainoa Thompson, Polynesian Voyaging Society President (13 seconds)
“How important the University of Hawai‘i is to the future of Hawai‘i. It is such an extraordinary world-class place, doing amazing work.”