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Fletcher to discuss the effects of climate change in Hawaii — and why we should care

By Staff | Apr 27, 2017


KAHULUI – Dr. Charles “Chip” Fletcher, PhD, a professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology and well-known climate expert in Hawaii, nationally and internationally, will give a free public presentation on “The Effect of Climate Change in Hawaii and Why We Should Care” on Saturday April 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at UH Maui College Ike Building Room 144 (approach Ike Building on Wahinepio Street).

The Hawaii Legislature in 2014 declared that “climate change is the paramount challenge of this century, posing both an urgent and long-term threat to the State’s economy, sustainability, security, and way of life.”

Dr. Fletcher teaches graduate and undergraduate courses emphasizing climate change on the Pacific Islands and coastal geology. His work is published in over 50 international scientific journal articles. He recently published three books, including “Climate Change: What the Science Tells Us.”

The presentation is open to the public and free of charge. A question-and-answer period will follow, and recommendations will be discussed on effective actions the community can take on Maui. Seating is limited, so come early.

The event is hosted by Organizing for Action (OFA)-Maui Chapter. OFA is a nonpartisan, issue advocacy organization committed to growing the grassroots movement by training, educating and activating civically engaged community members across the country.

As a grassroots-driven organization, OFA is dedicated to empowering action-takers with the skills and tools needed to tip the scales of power back to the American people and away from the special interests in Washington, D.C.

OFA is a partner in the D.C. People’s Climate Movement March on April 29. It is co-sponsored by the UHMC Sustainable Science Management Program and Student ‘Ohana for Sustainability (SOS).

SOS is committed to promoting sustainability practices through community-based educational projects and events.

SOS asks that attendees bring in their sunscreen to check if it is reef-friendly; if not, turn it in and be entered in a drawing for gift cards. For more information on OFA, visit ofa.us.com.