While I was at the climate action demonstrations on Friday, someone told me that it was “nice” of MauiTime to have published a story about three local eighth-grade climate activists who walked out of school to demonstrate for climate action (“We Can Make a Difference,” Sep. 19). It felt like a compliment, but the framing of my story as a favor to the three teenagers made me … [Read more...] about We Didn’t Publish a Story About Youth Climate Activists to Be ‘Nice.’ We Did It Because It’s Necessary.
Monday was the hottest September 16th ever recorded on Maui. The 97-degree high joined the list of record-breaking temperatures felt during this summer’s heat wave, which set an extraordinary 68 state records from May through August and tied 74, making it hard to ignore: Things are heating up. But as the mercury rises with warming weather conditions, so too are the youth … [Read more...] about ‘We Can Make a Difference’: Catching up with three young climate activists who are fighting for our future
As I was working on our annual Green Issue last month I became aware of a recent Pew Research Center survey about the US’s future. One particular question caught my attention. It asked respondents how worried they are about climate change when thinking about the country’s future. The results, at least to this Earth-dwelling citizen, were disheartening. Despite a 2018 United … [Read more...] about Who Cares About Climate Change? Apathy is rampant, but not for these 7th-graders who ask, “Why go to school if we don’t have a future at all?”
On Friday May 3, a small group of 7th graders participated in a strike for the climate at the Kalana O Maui (County) Building. I asked them why they're doing this. "It's our future here on this Earth," Georgia replied. Siena added, "Why go to school if we don't have a future at all?" Their passion, tenacity, and knowledge when it comes to this issue is truly inspiring. … [Read more...] about Maui Youth Strike for Climate Action at the Kalana O Maui (County) Building on May 3, 2019