With melting ice caps and rising seas, climate change is something that will affect everyone — especially those who live in coastal areas such as islands. To combat these changes, Guam, along with other islands, have banded together to work towards a more sustainable future.
In 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals – or SDGs – to urge the world to build a more sustainable and prosperous future.
To further these goals, Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio joined other island leaders at the United Nations Climate Week Conference to launch the Local2030 Islands Network, and establish Guam as part of an initiative to bring together governments to collaboratively develop and implement solutions that would advance the SDGs at the local level in ways that are culturally relevant.
Just last week, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero signed Executive Order 2019 DASH 23 to create the Guam Green Growth Working Group, which would allow public and private sector partners to work together to create an action strategy to meet the U.N.’s SDGs.
Chairing this group would be the University of Guam’s Center for Island Sustainability, which Dr. Austin Shelton, the center’s director, says would provide a great opportunity for Guam to work towards a sustainable future.
“When we’re working together across the island with all of the partners we hope to bring together as part of this green growth initiative, we’ll be able to put all of our accomplishments in a dashboard and we’ll report to the United Nations and we will show them that Guam is contributing to sustainable action globally,” Shelton said.
He added that because Guam is a part of the network, it could reach out to other islands for guidance.
“We’ll be able to share these innovations with other islands. We’ll learn lessons from other island members as part of this Local 2030 islands partnership and we’ll be able to advance sustainable development goals locally and globally,” Shelton said.
Founding partners and supporters of the Local 2030 Islands Network include Guam, the Marshall Islands, FSM, and more.