Protecting Our Environment

The League has long worked to promote an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest, which means recognizing the interrelationships of air, water and land resources.

As an island state, protecting Hawaii’s natural resources presents its own unique challenges, which the League has addressed by submitting testimony:

  • urging protection of Oahu’s fresh water reservoir from potential pollution from military fuel tanks
  • supporting efforts to convert thousands of cesspools threatening ground water, streams, and the ocean
  • supporting the creation of vegetative buffer zones around schools to help shield school children from pesticide spraying and advocating for the prohibition of the pesticide chorpyrifos
  • supporting legislation banning the ingredients oxybenzone and octinoxate from sunscreens shown to damage coral reefs