O‘ahu Resilience Strategy - Phase II Survey
During our inaugural year, the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency (Resilience Office) conducted a broad, island-wide community engagement and fact-finding effort to identify what most concerns Oʻahu’s citizens as we draw up a Resilience Strategy for the island. We gathered more than 5,800 inputs from a survey conducted both online and on paper at neighborhood board meetings, stakeholder meetings, and at other community events, and identified the following top shocks and stresses that concern you:
Results from the Oahu Resilience Stakeholder Engagement Survey
At the same time, the greatest strength of our island, as identified by this citizen survey, is the deep sense of aloha that permeates and binds the social fabric of our community. We are proud of our robustly diverse and cohesive population, which is at once global and local. Our community also counts among its strengths a high level of social stability, security and justice, and an effective public health services system. Together, these strengths offer a deep well from which our community can draw when confronted with the shocks and stresses identified above. We are now embarking on the second phase of building a Resilience Strategy for the Oʻahu community.
The Resilience Office has distilled the findings of our citizen survey into four issue areas that will be addressed in Oʻahu’s Resilience Strategy. These four areas include: affordability for island residents; fostering a resilient Oʻahu in the face of natural disasters; addressing climate change mitigation (especially carbon emission reductions) and adaptation; and creating more avenues for community engagement around resiliency.
We welcome your ideas, solutions and success stories from home and/or other cities for each of these four areas below:
1. Remaining Rooted: Ensuring Long-Term Affordability for Island Residents
Affordability relates to one's ability to comfortably afford a commodity or service like a home, transportation, food, or energy.
2. Bouncing Forward: Fostering Resilience in the Face of Natural Disaster
Natural disasters may strike at any moment. How do we ensure that Oʻahu residents are prepared and ready? What actions should be taken to mitigate the degree to which emergency response is needed after a hazard event? Resilience is defined as the capacity to survive, adapt, and thrive no matter what kind of stresses and shocks we experience.
3. Island Innovation & Exposure: Tackling Climate Change by Reducing Emissions & Adapting to Impacts
Mitigation is defined as actions that limit the magnitude or rate of long-term climate change and generally involves reductions in human emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Adaptation is defined as responses to global climate change that seek to reduce the vulnerability of social and biological systems to relatively sudden change and thus offset the effects of global climate change. Mitigation is a necessary action to substantially reduce the risks associated with human-induced global climate change, as well as, affect the degree to which we must adapt.
4. Laulima: Leveraging the Strength & Leadership of Communities
What are best practices and tools of community engagement, and how do we reach out to those who are most vulnerable?
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