We just just lost an island to climate change. Vote as if your lives depend on it!

  • Published on October 31st, 2018

Hurricane Walaka broke it – scattered its sands across the sea. And as the seas rise, it’s unlikely to be glued back together again.

By RL Miller
Climate Hawks Vote

East Island was a sandbar island, sitting atop a submerged extinct volcano about 550 miles north of Honolulu. It was the second largest island in an atoll known as the French Frigate Shoals in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

We have to stop the insanity that is fossil fueled destruction of our planet.

The island was uninhabited by humans, although it was home to the highly endangered Hawaiian monk seal and a nesting ground for the equally endangered Hawaiian green sea turtle.

I don’t know about you, but I’m angry. I’m angry at the casual side effects of the fossil fuel barons’ actions. Their pollution made Walaka into a Category 5 storm – and it was only one of many this year, as seven of the 10 most powerful hurricanes in recorded history have occurred since 2006. Their pollution is melting ice in the far off poles and submerging islands throughout the world.

And the only power to stop them is people power. We’re building a movement. We’re going to take back the House in ten days, and we’re going to keep on marching until we restore our climate and our democracy.

Can you chip in to build that movement? All funds raised will be put into independent expenditures supporting our Climate Hawk candidates.

We can’t put East Island back together again, but we can act — we must act — before more islands and coastal cities slip beneath the waves.

 

About the Author

The chair of the Democratic Environmental Caucus, RL Miller also runs Climate Hawks Vote, which backs candidates for office who are serious about taking action on climate change. http://climatehawksvote.com/