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Governor to lead Hawaii delegation to UN climate change summit in Scotland

On Monday, before leaving for Scotland, Ige addressed the state’s Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission.
Published: Nov. 1, 2021 at 3:14 PM HST|Updated: Nov. 2, 2021 at 8:53 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Gov. David Ige will lead a group of state and county leaders to Scotland to participate in the COP 26 global climate change summit.

The U.S. Climate Alliance said six of its member governors will attend the summit.

The Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow, Scotland is the most consequential meeting of world leaders on the issue since 2015.

Ige will discuss Hawaii’s progress toward meeting its ambitious climate change goals.

He is also set to participate in about 10 events over the next six days, highlighting what states are doing to prepare for a warmer future.

Hawaii is the first state to commit to a 100% clean energy goal — working to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2045.

On Monday, before leaving for Scotland, Ige addressed the state’s Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission. He said he wants to make it clear that “government action at the sub-national level is needed, doable and in line with how our society can and should function.”

“Climate change is an existential threat and like traditional navigators in Hawaiian voyaging canoes, we can see storm clouds ahead,” Ige said.

The governor is scheduled to leave for Scotland on Wednesday.

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