Guam Green Growth working group launched

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The Guam Green Growth Working Group, or G3 as it will be known, brings together private, public and civil groups to build a framework to better protect our environment, tackle climate change and deal with socio-economic issues on the island. (PNC photo by Mai Habib)

A first-of-its-kind sustainability working group launched today, tasked with finding solutions to some critical challenges facing Guam.

The Guam Green Growth Working Group, or G3 as it will be known, brings together private, public and civil groups to build a framework to better protect our environment, tackle climate change and deal with socio-economic issues on the island.

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The G3’s work will be guided by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio were on hand for the launch this morning.

(PNC photo by Kent Pueblo)

“What is it with our food? What is it with our economy? What is it with our social issues? What is it with our ecology? What can we do environmentally, to protect our waters, our ocean, our air and also our land? And it’s a very huge task to take. And we’re trying to riddle it down to some very realistic actions and goals,” the governor said.

The governor’s office and the University of Guam Center for Island Sustainability are leading the group.

Dr. Austin Shelton, executive director of the Center for Island Sustainability, says there are critical issues facing the island including food security, poverty, and ecological sustainability.

“Sustainability is actually a partnership in time. We inherited this land from our ancestors and we are borrowing it from our children at the same time,” Shelton said.

Lieutenant Governor Tenorio added that Guam needs to plan for the island’s long-term health.

“And really that is a challenge and an inspiration, to try to move away from being an island that’s 90 percent dependent on imported goods, to an island where we can address food security. And really meet the needs of the people living here on our island,” Tenorio said.

While the working group’s deliverables have not been fully hashed out, they will be involved in the university’s annual Conference for Island Sustainability that will bring together leaders from around 20 islands to share best practices and innovations.

No official funding has been allotted for the G3, but the university has put in money requests with the governor’s office, which are being reviewed.

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