Hawaii will be the first state to declare a climate emergency this week. The state legislature is expected to pass a resolution that declares climate change as a “risk to humanity and the environment.”
By declaring an emergency, the state can call for statewide collaboration between residents and businesses to make changes.
Scientists say that Hawaii will be the victim of more frequent and powerful storms due to climate change and the state’s reefs have been severely degraded. Local governments of Maui and Hawaii Island declared a climate emergency in 2019 but this will be the first of the kind at the state level. The Hill points out that “outside of Hawaii, 1,933 jurisdictions across 34 countries have declared their own climate emergencies.”