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By Jeff Yamauchi
Ka Lā staff writer
The IUCN World Conservation Congress hosted in Honolulu was a success on many levels. The International 10-day environmental forums, discussions, posters, receptions, field trips, displays, ceremonies, and countless other activities brought awareness and consensus that life on the planet is in dire trouble caused by us. Dr. Sylvia Earle, renowned marine biologist and spokesperson for the marine biota, said it best: “The next ten years will determine the next ten thousand years.”
During the global conservation summit, several landmark decisions were decided at the Hawai‘i Convention Center that included creating a new category of IUCN membership for Indigenous peoples’ organisations which supports and gives a direct access for Indigenous peoples’ rights on the international platform. “Some of the world’s greatest minds and most dedicated professionals met here at the IUCN Congress to decide on the most urgent action needed to ensure the long-term survival of life on Earth and our planet’s ability to sustain us,” says Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General. “This IUCN Congress has come at a pivotal time in our planet’s history as we find ourselves at a crossroad, facing challenges of unprecedented magnitude. As a shining example of daring conservation commitments, President Obama signed before the start of the World Conservation Congress the largest protected zone in the United States, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, nearly 140,000 square miles (http://www.papahanaumokuakea.gov/).
There were high level meetings and far reaching resolutions in strengthening conservation throughout the world. Ambitious goals with optimistic time tables were presented, but regardless of the effort needed to resolve our multiple environmental crisis, Mother Nature alone dictates final outcomes on her own schedule. We are indeed at the Crossroads and the future is unknown. After attending the full ten days at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, I’m at least cautiously optimistic that we will take the right course.
For a list for IUCN blogs go to: http://www.thekala.net/?s=iucn
Photographs by Susan Middleton and David Liittschwager from “Remains of a Rainbow: Rare Plants and Animals of Hawai’i”
By Jeff Yamauchi
Ka Lā staff writer
On the main ground floor of the Hawai’i Convention Center, the photographic exhibit of Hawai’i’s endangered flora and fauna showcases the fragility and unique diversity. The running theme of the IUCN World Conservation Congress is the loss of biodiversity, and the prime example of loss and endangered species is unfortunately in Hawai’i. In “Remains of a Rainbow: Rare Plants and Animals of Hawai’i,” Susan Middleton’s and David Liittschwager’s remarkable photographs highlights the individual and inherent beauty that words and statistics can never really capture. These gorgeous oversized images naturally raise a plea for conservation and protecting what biodiversity remains in perpetuity. The alarming rate of species extinction in Hawai’i and elsewhere is great cause for concern.
If you haven’t had a chance to see the captivating photographs of Hawai’i’s endangered biota make sure to spend some time before it ends today, September 9th.
For Susan Middleton’s interview about her exhibit go to: http://thegreenleaf.staradvertiserblogs.com/2016/08/28/iucn-spotlight-remains-of-a-rainbow/
For a comprehensive assessment of threatened and endangered species in Hawai’i go to:
Honolulu Community College now has it mobile app.
The app, wbich can be found on the Apple Store and Google Play Store, will allow students to keep track of their class schedules, find their way around campus, and have contact information at their fingertips to student support services.
HonCC is the second community college in Hawaii to have an its own app. Kapiolani CC was the first.
Since the KCC app launched in the fall of 2015 there have been 2,100 downloads on the iOS and 908 on Android. Approximately 20% of Kapi‘olani CC students use the mobile app. Some of the main features that student users mentioned using includes an informational campus map, access to class availability, and the ‘how do I’ section.
According to the Pew Research Center 64% of American adults in 2015 owned a smartphone of some kind, up from 35% in the spring of 2011. Besides texting, calling and basic internet browsing, 30% of smartphone owners use their phones to take a class or get educational content.