/ August 29, 2016 /
In just a few days, the World Conservation Congress will be convening in Hawaii to talk about the environment. President Obama will also fly here and make an official announcement of the Papahanaumokuakea Monument expansion. We are also in the midst of a tropical storm and a hurricane. It’s a culmination of some interesting events but only telling of our priorities.
As an island state, we are highly dependent on outside sources of food and basic necessities. It’s estimated that some 90% of our basic goods are imported because we can’t produce these necessary items here. Not only are the local people dependent upon imports but so are all of the tourists that come year. That includes all of the attendees of the conference too. Everything from rice, bottled water, and even toilet paper tend to be hot ticket items when a possible storm hits us. The canned goods also go flying off the shelf when we know that there might not be any food or power.
When we are forced to deal with the effects of Mother Nature, we won’t be turning to a tree hugger for our needs. While environmentalists in Hawaii are celebrating the loss of ocean access to our fishermen, I mourn the loss of some of the most essential people in our state. When there is no food, we will need to turn to those who are skilled in providing it. They are the farmers, fishermen, and hunters of our islands who will be there to provide us with sustenance.
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