Three Things You Can Do Now
The legislative session has kicked off. The way to make a difference, is to get in there, and get involved! Here are three things you can do right now:
1. Hui up! It is true what they say, there is power in numbers. Many groups are forming around farming, conservation, and landfill issues at the Capitol. Seek them out and join up. Here’s a link to a list of groups and their priorities this session.
At KAHEA, we have a lot of bills to follow and we could use your help. Sign up with KAHEA and receive updates on proposed legislation related to: sustainable food production, protection of ag. lands, support for natural taro, landfills, beach access, open ocean aquaculture, marine resource protections, environmental impact statements, and cultural impact assessments.
Don’t see the issues most important to you on the list? Then make a group of your own and let us know!
2. Want to feel powerful? Go introduce yourself to your elected officials. Watch them trip over themselves to make you like them. It’s fun, it makes you feel good, and more importantly, it is crucial to a functional democracy. Don’t believe me? Proof: this session Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz refused to introduce a bill unless it came from a constituent. How’s that for power? Click here to figure out who your state elected officials are.
3. Know thy system. Flawed as it is, this is the system for making decisions. The better you understand it, the more you can make it work for you. Click here to learn about the legislative calendar and how to keep track of bills this session. Also, watch for announcements for upcoming workshops and roundtables on important legislative issues. Sign up with KAHEA to get those updates sent to your inbox.
For O`ahu island Ohana: Sierra Club Hawai`i Chapter and Kanu Hawai`i are hosting meet-ups and workshops during this legislative session, as well! Go to http://www.sierraclubhawaii.com/capitol-watch.php and http://www.kanuhawaii.org/campaigns/ for more information.