Climate Action and Environmental Justice
“Things that we depend upon and value — water, energy, transportation, wildlife, agriculture, ecosystems, and human health — are experiencing the effects of a changing climate.” – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
We witness climate change and we are listening to science in order to position ourselves to make the best decision possible for Hawaiʻi.
Food, Health, and the Environment are connected and inseparable. Restoring the balance through action is the only way to take care of Hawaiʻi County. Currently, economically disadvantaged groups are disproportionately impacted by environmental injustice. With that in mind, community input and consensus will be essential in creating the best version of Hawaiʻi possible for everyone. The community has a voice, the government’s role can and should be to provide access and to amplify those voices to find what works for all.
Hawaiʻi has incredible natural resources and Mike is committed to fighting for those resources to stay here and remain healthy and strong. Benefiting the people of Hawaiʻi for many generations to come.
Health, Welfare, Community
Let’s advocate for programs that will ensure healthy and sustainable environments for all our communities. Work to protect the land and water of Hawai’i. To ensure the health of Hawaiʻi, the island and all who are lucky enough to inhabit it, formal protections need to be both approved and enforced.
Growth & Local Diversified Economy
Mike wants to begin working toward an economy that provides our community what it needs in order to remain healthy and safe. By focusing on meaningful goals and shifts now, Hawaiʻi County can change the island’s trajectory and course correct for a brighter future.
To better support building local community wealth, financing must be non-extractive. Let’s bolster projects that are building and will build sustainable, community-benefiting, local economies. Hawaiʻi does not need to degrade communities and the environment to create wealth. Wealth should be measured and defined by the well-being of the people of Hawaiʻi . And investing in systemic changes in the economy and society which furthers diversification, environmental preservation, and sustainability. The right approach is the one we take together.