Malama O Puna wishes to thank Gov. David Ige and our Congressional delegation for their leadership, integrity, and strong opposition to Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris accords. They have inspired us. All over our nation, governors are signing on to the accords for their states and mayors for their cities; counties, corporations, universities and nonprofits throughout our land, who have no doubt about the scientific basis for global warming, are signing on to the accords as a way to tell Trump that he is uninformed and does not speak for us. They are all telling Trump that they will do it without him, and that he is dispensible. Malama O Puna is joining this very informed and decisive group.
As an environmental nonprofit, we have worked hard to be sustainable as an organization and to educate our community about sustainability. For ten years we hosted the Puna Sustainability Expo, which provided a venue for vendors of sustainable products to showcase their wares, and shared tips and resources with our friends and neighbors. We have protected our native ecosystems by eradicating noxious weeds in our forests and we have helped to sequester carbon by raising native plants in our nursery and planting trees all over Puna for the last 27 years. We have repeatedly testified at the State legislature and the County Council in support of our environment.
In our commitment to stay on track for the Paris agreement goals and plans, we are in the process of taking our Pahoa environmental resource center/office totally off the grid and installing photovoltaics to provide electricity, and panels to provide hot water. We will step up all of our activities that will result in slowing the global warming process. We are also open to new ideas and suggestions, and invite the public to share them.
If you’d like to express your support for the Paris Climate Accords, you can become a Malama O Puna member to help further our work.
Mahalo nui loa,
René Siracusa, President