Aloha e Friends,

I’ll be making opening remarks at the Hawai’i Climate Change Summit 2014 at the Capitol Auditorium on Tuesday, October 14th at 7pm. This should be an interesting discussion on climate change and a great opportunity to hear some vital information on this topic. There will be two other sessions that day: 10am-12pm and 1-3pm.

If you plan to attend, please make a reservation at http://bpt.me/888042. (This free event is organized by the International Ecological Safety Collaborative Organization (IESCO), and sponsored by myself, the Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation, Sustainable UH, Hawaii Interfaith Power & Light, and Transition Oahu).

Here’s a little background on the keynote speakers:
• Dr. Camilo Mora, Assistant Professor of macro-ecology and conservation biology, University of Hawai`i
• Keith Nealy is a climate consultant and filmmaker
• Stuart Scott is the IESCO Deputy Director General.

As always, best wishes to you and your family. Please contact me at 586-6830 or sengabbard@capitol.hawaii.gov if I can help you or your family in any way.

Me ke aloha pumehana, 

Mike Gabbard, State Senator, District 20

Chair, Energy/Environment Committee

 

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