By Andrea Germanos Hawaii is poised to become the first U.S. state to declare a climate emergency after the Legislature’s adoption Thursday of State Senate Concurrent Resolution 44. The bill "acknowledges that an existential climate emergency threatens humanity and the natural world, declares a climate emergency, and requests statewide collaboration toward an immediate just transition and emergency mobilization effort to restore a safe climate." It calls on the state to commit to "a just transition toward a decarbonized economy that invests in and ensures clean energy, quality jobs, and a statewide commitment to a climate emergency mobilization effort to reverse the climate crisis." The passage was welcomed by Hawaii Climate & Environmental Coalition member 350 Hawaii, which declared on its Facebook page: "We are the ones the future generation is counting on." Shout out to 350Hawaii for this win! 350Hawaii + many others have worked tirelessly to ensure Hawaii becomes the fi… https://t.co/wVrgxaLRTm — Denali Sai Nalamalapu (@Denali Sai Nalamalapu) 1619789702.0 "Hawaii is the first state to join a movement largely led by cities and counties to declare a climate emergency which reflects the commitment our state Legislature continues to make to address the causes and the impacts of […]

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