Earth is a blue planet, and 70% of it is covered in water. Our oceans are bearing the brunt of a warming planet. The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) is working hard with its incredible participants to support the arrival of the traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe -- Hokule‘a, and Hikianalia – her sister canoe, to find their way to a major conference of world leaders focus on islands in Samoa in 1-4 Sept. These courageous navigators will bring the stories and evidence of the current state of the ocean and how it is being impacted by a changing climate and unsustainable practices. They will share the stories of our islands and oceans to inspire leaders to take action to care for our island Earth (or Malama Honua). The Hokule‘a and Hikianalia crew will then carry the message of the conference to 25 countries, 85 communities on its 47,000 nautical mile voyage. They will travel to island and coastal communities globally from Samoa to Manhattan to the tip of South Africa to remind us of our individual and collective responsibilities in living sustainably and inspire us to take urgent action at all levels.
“If we view our Earth as an island it becomes apparent that we must change course to ensure a healthy, sustainable world” Hokule‘a and Hikianalia crew
In May, as we celebrate the International Day of Biodiversity Diversity: Island Biodiversity, the traditional Polynesian voyaging canoe -- Hokule‘a, and Hikianalia -- her sister voyaging canoe, will set sail on a three-year voyage around the world to charter a new course for a resilient and sustainable future.
The voyage will be led by a new generation of navigators that will use the signs of the waves, winds and stars to find their way to the Third International Conference of Small Island Developing States (UNSIDS) in Samoa in September 2014. These courageous navigators will bring the stories of our worlds islands and oceans to inspire leaders to take action for a sustainable and resilient future. The Hokule‘a and Hikianalia crew will carry this message to more than 25 countries during its 47,000 nautical-mile voyage.
Take Action to Support the Hokulea:
The Global Island Partnership is assisting the Voyage to leaders of island countries and countries with islands. Learn how you can support this innovative partnership: www.glispa.org.
The Governor of Hawai'i, Neil Abercrombie, announced that Hawai'i will join the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA). "Hawaii will join the Global Island Partnership to share Hawaii’s successes and learn from other islands." stated the Governor during a visit in September from the Chair of the GLISPA Steering Committee, The Hon. Ronny Jumeau, Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing States, Republic of Seychelles. The acceptance of this invitation by the Govenor is evidence of growing momentum from Hawaii towards advancing a blue economy. In addition, it is a significant step forward for GLISPA as we work towards faciltiation collaboration between island countries and countries with islands. Support island action and join our Partnership.
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