Photo: Joe Parks

Photo: Joe Parks

We are working to file new legal action in Hawaii soon. If you live in Hawaii and would like to get involved, please contact us

Our Children's Trust helped Hawaii youth and partners take important action toward achieving scientifically adequate emission reductions in the state. The rulemaking petition referenced below was part of our strategically coordinated national effort in which youth filed official actions in every state in May, 2011.

This rulemaking petition filed on behalf of Hawaii youth raised awareness in the state about the scientific remedies necessary to address climate change and educated state officials about their duty to protect the atmosphere. But, the petition was denied by state officials. We are now shaping our next steps in Hawaii, and are also supporting youth from around the U.S., including one from Hawaii, in the landmark climate lawsuit against the entire U.S. federal government.

With the support of legal experts and scientists, Hawaiian youth are ready to take additional legal action to ensure their state is complying with its Constitutional Public Trust responsibilities and its Global Warming law. Youth will ask the Department of Health to take meaningful action on climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with what scientists say is needed to avoid catastrophic climate change.


June 8, 2011

The Hawaii Department of Health and the Governor of Hawaii denied the petition for rulemaking that the youth submitted. 

May 4, 2011

Petition for rulemaking was filed with the Hawaii Department of Health and the Governor's office on behalf of youth petitioners.