Aloha Tower shines green to show Hawaii’s support of the Paris Agreement on climate change

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 in Harbors News, Main, News

HONOLULU – Governor David Ige stands committed to implement the terms of the Paris Agreement and Aloha Tower shines green tonight in a show of Hawaii’s continued support of the goals of the 2015 accord to mitigate global warming. Aloha Tower will be illuminated in green for one week, starting tonight.

Yesterday, Governor Ige signed Act 32 and Act 33, two laws that adopt relevant sections of the Paris Agreement as state law, despite the announcement by President Donald Trump withdrawing the United States from the agreement.

“Hawaii and other Pacific Islands are already experiencing the impact of rising sea levels and natural disasters,” stated Governor Ige. “That’s why my administration and the Legislature are already taking concrete steps to implement the Paris Accord. We will continue to lead on this transformation and work collaboratively with people around the world.”

Hawaii is the first state to enact legislation that implements portions of the Paris Agreement and has become a member of the United States Climate Alliance joining the following states and territories and their respective governors who have proclaimed to uphold the terms of the agreement:
• Charlie Baker, Massachusetts
• Jerry Brown, California
• Kate Brown, Oregon
• Andrew Cuomo, New York
• John Hickenlooper, Colorado
• Jay Inslee, Washington
• Dannel P. Malloy, Connecticut
• Terry McAuliffe, Virginia
• Gina M. Raimondo, Rhode Island
• Phil Scott, Vermont
• Mark Dayton, Minnesota
• John C. Carney, Jr., Delaware
• Ricky Rossello, Puerto Rico

Other landmarks and buildings across the country, including the Empire State Building and Boston City Hall, are also lit in green to show support for the environment and efforts to reduce the impact of climate change.

The Paris Agreement was formed within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to mitigate of greenhouse gas emissions and to reduce the risks and impacts of climate change. Under the agreement, the first ever comprehensive pact on climate, each of the 195 signatory nations determines its own goals and contributions.