Executive order creates climate change panel

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has signed an executive order creating the Climate Change Resiliency Commission that would develop an integrated strategy to build resiliency against the adverse effects of climate change and to reduce contributing factors such as greenhouse emissions.

“We are seeing the harmful effects of climate change right here on our island, from erosion to brush fires, degradation of coral reefs, pollution, scarce agricultural resources, and increasing intensity of natural disasters. This initiative will coordinate our response to climate change to institute meaningful policies that will protect our natural resources and environment. The time to act is now,” Leon Guerrero said.

According to Executive Order 2019-19, the commission is tasked with developing and coordinating an effective, data-based response to climate change, focusing on eight key climate change outcomes:

  1. Energy – including renewable energy, conservation, and aviation, surface transportation and maritime fuel sources;

  2. Water Resources – including aquifer protection, surface water resources, water quality, conservation, and drought preparedness;

  3. Ocean and Land Resources – including coral reefs, fisheries, forestry, mangroves, plant and wildlife ecosystems, tourism and recreational water use, and erosion control;

  4. Infrastructure and Community Resiliency