There is a new danger threatening the ʻāina, and it comes from climate change. No one need tell us how global warming is directly impacting our lives . . .Recently, Time Magazine named Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg its 2019 Person of the Year. She believes we all have a part to play in preventing climate change. Adults often talk about sustainability and the future. But for those under 21, it is more about your future than ours. It is your support and participation that transform those policies into meaningful actions. Just ask the graduates of KUPU, a nonprofit youth organization dedicated to conservation efforts in their communities.
Today, at the start of a new decade, we have it within our power to change the lives of our working families. We have it within our power to change the trajectory of Hawaiʻi’s future. That is the underlying belief of this joint package by the House, the Senate, my administration, and the community. It is time for us to put some skin in the game. I believe in Hawaiʻi, and I believe in all of you. Let’s get to work.