Archive for August 3, 2009

Making a Difference—An Action Guide to Marine Conservation in Hawai‘i

 Making a Difference—An Action Guide to Marine Conservation in Hawai‘i is a pdf file that has been designed as a community tool to provide key information, guidelines, and contact information for marine resource conservation. The goal is to empower Hawai‘i’s ocean users to take an active stewardship role in the preservation and protection of the marine environment. This action guide outlines key rules and regulations on a variety of topics and provides general ecological information and guidelines to follow such as actions to take, if any; what information to record; what agency to contact; and where to go for more information and guidance. As a Hawai‘i ocean user and stakeholder, you can make a difference and contribute to marine conservation efforts! This action guide is also available to download from www.coral.org or www.projectsealink.org. There you will find the most recent version, in the event that changes have been made between printings.

Hawai‘i’s unique natural and cultural resources are irreplaceable, and should be treated with respect. We all must recognize our important role in caring for our environment, and our responsibility to do so. Take the time to learn about an area before you visit it, and consider such things as land owner-ship issues, sensitive cultural sites, traditional practices, and proper protocols. You can minimize your impact by educating yourself on the proper ways to interact with the marine environment.

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August 3, 2009 at 11:19 pm Leave a comment

Hawai’i “Complete Streets” Law

On May 6, Governor Linda Lingle signed S.B. 718 into law. Act 054, the Complete Streets law, requires the Hawaii DOT and the Counties to establish policies to accommodate all users of the road, no matter age, ability, or mode of transportation. Additionally, it creates a statewide task force to review existing state and county highway design standards and guidelines and propose changes to procedures and design manuals. Their final report is due to the State legislature prior to its convening in 2011.

To become involved in the implementation of Act 054 and other activities that support complete streets in the islands, contact the One Voice Coalition.

The bill has received attention from many local media outlets, including KMGB9 News, the Honolulu Advertiser, and KHON2.

Introduction to Complete Streets (Slide show)

For more information on the national Complete Streets program..

August 3, 2009 at 3:18 pm Leave a comment

From bush to bike – a bamboo revolution

 BBC News, July 1, 2009, By Kieron Humphrey.

On the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia, next year’s crop of bicycles is being watered by Benjamin Banda.

“We planted this bamboo last year,” he says, “and now the stems are taller than me. When it’s ready we’ll cut it, cure it and then turn it into frames.”

Mr Banda, is the caretaker for Zambikes, a company set up by two Californians and two Zambians which aimed to build bikes tough enough to handle the local terrain. (Full story)

August 3, 2009 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment


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