Polluters Should Help Protect Homes, Habitats, Lives in Hawaiʻi
From sea level rise to storms, the Aloha State is under siege
With ecosystems and communities as uniquely vibrant and varied as those of the Hawaiian archipelago, it follows that the climate impacts plaguing the islands are similarly diverse: coastal erosion and flooding that imperil its agriculture, reduce freshwater availability, and degrade vital infrastructure; extreme heat that threatens native peoples’ livelihoods, increases the spread of disease, and devastates ecosystems; severe weather events that damage businesses and homes and even take lives. These are just some of the consequences of climate change that have and will continue to cost Hawaiʻi billions.
Snapshot of Damages
Hold Big Oil Accountable: Local Legal Perspectives
On May 3rd, 2019, the University of Hawaiʻi School of Law hosted a panel discussion on litigation as an avenue for communities to recover the rising costs of mitigating and adapting to climate impacts in Hawaiʻi. Co-hosted by the Union of Concerned Scientists, Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi and the Center for Climate Integrity, the event brought local and mainland experts to discuss the science and economics of Hawaiʻi's climate crisis and, modeled after the cases brought against the tobacco industry, the legal rationale and basis for courts to hold polluters accountable for harms they knowingly caused.
Read more about the case for cost recovery litigation in Hawaiʻi here.