Environmental Law Program

ELP Colloquium: Legislative Session 2011: Actively Participating to Protect Hawaii’s Environment

On November 22, 2010 the Environmental Law Program hosted panelist Marjorie Ziegler, Executive Director, Conservation Council for Hawai‘i, Robert D. Harris, Director, Sierra Club Hawai‘i Chapter, and Mark Fox, Director of External Affairs, The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i. This was also the second colloquium livestreamed by ELP.

Panelist talked about the important role the Legislative process plays in shaping the future of Hawai‘i’s environment. Marjorie, Robert, and Mark shared their experiences working with legislators and within the legislative process with a room full of eager law students, faculty, and community members. Each panelist also suggested ways the public can get involved and make a difference for the environment within the legislative process and in the upcoming 2011 session. As the 2011 legislative process grows near, remember these simple suggestions made by each panelist:

Students and community members should get to know their legislators better especially your district representatives. – Mark Fox

Try to stand out and be unique when drawing support, for example creating a unique youtube video helped draw support in the past. – Robert Harris

Don’t be discouraged sometimes bigger bills take longer. – Marjorie Ziegler