State officials are moving forward with efforts to create a statewide culture of sustainability in Hawaii. They formally committed to the Aloha+ Challenge, declaring to sustain resources for generations to come.
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The signing ceremony at the state Capitol declared a commitment to the challenge.
"It's really our generation that's facing these issues. Fifty years ago they were estimating that this is when we will face consequences of climate change, and I want to keep living here," said Dorae Shin with the Student Sustainability Coalition.
"We realize our dependence on food. We import I believe 85 percent of food and 90 percent of oil and energy. Costs which total about $8 billion," said Dr. Kamana'opono Crabbe with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
To get away from that dependency, this policy lays out big goals. It aims for 70 percent clean energy. Also, at least doubling local food production, having up to 30 percent of food consumed grown in the state. Plus reducing 70 percent of the solid waste stream. All of these need to be completed by 2030.
"I think being 2,500 miles from anywhere else in the world makes it crystal clear and overwhelmingly compelling that we have to take care of what we have, and think strategically of how we move forward," said Hawai'i County Mayor Billy Kenoi.
The strategy will focus on six areas to build a more environmentally friendly future.
"Clean energy, local food, natural resource management, waste reduction, smart sustainable community, green workforce and education," said Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
"The theme is coming together. You see each of the mayors, governor, and Oha coming together for today and tomorrow," said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
There will be several meetings in each county to strengthen networks. Organizers also intend to measure the progress and evaluate the strategies once they are implemented.