Hawaii is now the first in the nation to commit to a 100% renewable transportation future.
Hawaii's four mayors came together on Tuesday to sign proclamations aboard the historic voyaging canoe Hokule'a, committing to an all renewable transportation system by 2045.
“We honor the meaning of this wonderful floating classroom. This education opportunity for our young people and for people throughout the world.” Explained County of Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho.
The mayors teamed up with President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Nainoa Thompson to call for an end to fossil fuels. Thompson's travels showed him first hand the damage we're doing to the environment.
“We’ve known about the problem for such a long time. It’s not a new problem and we know we’re at peak oil. It’s going to run out and we know that right now there’s no options, but today was a day when Hawaii’s leadership took a stand.” Said Thompson.
“The next step is to get the public, the private sector to convert their vehicles to sources that are not fossil based.” Said City and County of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
Also in Tuesday's signing, the City and County of Honolulu, the County of Maui, and the County of Kaua'i pledged to transition all fleet vehicles to 100% renewable power by 2035.
“Maybe we don’t know the pathway, but you’ll never know the pathway until you make the commitment. Today is a day of courage by leadership. That I’m proud of.” Said Thompson.