Urgent Community Action Required to save the Marine Debris Removal Statewide Bill.
Eia Hawaii Fund is joining the effort led by partner, Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai‘i, in the fight against Marine Debris.
Despite the efforts by B.E.A.C.H. in regards to the Marine Debris Removal Bill, the bill is now in jeopardy.
The Marine Debris Removal Statewide Bill (HB2625) at the Legislature is urgently in need of everyone’s help. It was heard yesterday (Feb. 13 2018) with only Rep. Lee present (out of the whole committee) but has been held over for decision making on Thursday. Because of Dept. of Land & Natural Resources opposition to this bill, lawmakers are considering changing it into just a resolution or some sort of working group – which will make no difference whatsoever to the marine debris problem as a resolution is not a law and it won’t designate any money towards marine debris removal.
As a community we need to take action before it is too late.
Please don’t let this happen. You can help by contacting the following members of the Energy & Environment Committee today (Feb 14, 2018):
- Representative Lee (Chair) ph: 586 9450 email: replee@Capitol.hawaii.gov (Kailua/Waimanalo)
- Representative Lowen (Vice-Chair) ph: 586 8400 email: replowen@Capitol.hawaii.gov (Kona)
- Rep. Cullen ph: 586 8490 email: repcullen@Capitol.hawaii.gov (Waipahu)
- Rep. Kong ph: 586 8455 email: repkong@Capitol.hawaii.gov (Aiea)
- Rep. McKelvey ph: 586 6160 email: repmckelvey@Capitol.hawaii.gov (Maui)
- Rep. Todd ph: 586 8480 email: reptodd@Capitol.hawaii.gov (Hilo)
- Rep. Yamane ph: 586 6150 email: repyamane@Capitol.hawaii.gov (Mililani)
- Rep. McDermott ph: 586 9730 email: repmcdermott@Capitol.hawaii.gov (Ewa)
Please tell them that you strongly support HB2625 and support providing funds to DLNR to hire people to remove marine debris from beaches statewide and that you want them to please pass this important and much needed law.
And please ask all your friends and family to write/call in. We need every single person who gets this message to call/email at least one of the lawmakers above by Thursday (if you can only contact one, please contact Chair Lee as he has the most power to decide what happens to this bill).
About Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai‘i
B.E.A.C.H. is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that generates awareness and solutions to plastic marine debris through: environmental education in schools and the community; marine debris removal and research; and plastic reduction/litter prevention campaigns; in order to inspire actions by individuals and the community that will reduce and prevent plastic marine debris, resulting in protection for Hawai‘i’s marine life, sea birds and the ocean/coastal environment.
To find out more about Marine Debris and the amazing work done by B.E.A.C.H. please visit www.b-e-a-c-h.org
About Eia Hawaii Fund
Eia Hawaii Fund (EHF) aims to be the premier funding resource for programs actively engaged in the preservation and elevation of Hawaiian ecology, culture, and society. Through channeling necessary resources through a range of existing organizations and leaching new initiative, EHF plans to create a holistic vision of what it means for Hawai‘i to thrive.