People’s Hearing on Climate Action

September 29, 2023 | Honolulu, Hawaii


Co-hosted by CPR Initiative, Environmental Law Program at the University of Hawai’i William S. Richardson School of Law, and the Sierra Club of Hawai’i

What More should the U.S. Do On Climate?

A Public Hearing on Climate Change
September 29, 2023 | 1PM – 4PM (HST)
Reception 4PM – 5PM (HST)

The science is clear. Comprehensive, concrete action to phase out climate pollution is required. Devastating climate impacts are upon us already, and far worse is yet to come.

On June 16, 2022, Climate Protection & Restoration Initiative (CPR Initiative), along with five renowned climate experts, petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to phase out greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and compel major climate polluters to clean up their mess.

Over a thousand individuals and more than a hundred organizations endorsed the effort.

Despite the Petition’s strong legal foundation and its summary of the overwhelming evidence, EPA declined to act, asserting it was already doing enough under other law.

But further delay in real climate action is not tenable, especially for Hawai’i.

Accordingly, in partnership with key allies—including the Environmental Law Program at the University of Hawai’i William S. Richardson School of Law, and Sierra Club of Hawai’i—CPR Initiative will conduct a public hearing on the question:

What More Should the United States Do on Climate?

We will invite EPA to attend, and we will make the full record available to the Agency regardless. That way, when EPA reconsiders its present position, it can hit the ground running.

We welcome your considered thoughts on the climate crisis, impacts to Hawai’i, and additional needed federal action.

Our public hearing on climate action is slated for September 29, 2023, from 1pm to 4pm at the University of Hawai’i William S. Richardson School of Law, Room 2.

Please register immediately below.

Register To Attend or Speak, In-Person or Remotely

Registration is free and required for all speakers, whether in-person or remote, and strongly encouraged for all those seeking to attend the event. Online registration to speak either in-person or remotely (for up to 8 minutes) will close on September 27, 2023 at 5PM HST, but you may still register at the door to speak for up to 3 minutes.

Event Details


University of Hawai’i William S. Richardson School of Law

Room 2

Date & Time

Friday, September 29, 2023
1:00pm – 4:00pm (HST)


Notes for Speakers

  • Speakers who register before 9/28/23 at 5PM HST will have up to 8 minutes to speak;
  • Following the pre-registered speaker line-up, those who register to speak on the day of the hearing may have up to 3 minutes;
  • A microphone will be provided and all verbal testimony will be video recorded;
  • We ask that speakers kindly notify us of your presentation materials (if any) in advance so that we can best accommodate your technical requirements;
  • Written testimony is also welcome, and may be submitted up to one week after the event (See form below);
  • Rules are subject to change in order to ensure ample opportunity for all who wish to speak to do so.

Submit Written Testimony

Whether you register to speak or to attend, in-person or remotely, you may submit written testimony to the public record up to one week after the event. The deadline to submit your testimony is 6pm HST on October 6, 2023. Thank you.

    What’s a public hearing on climate?

    Watch Our First Public Hearing in Boulder, CO!

    Learn more by watching the full recording of CPR Initiative’s first Public Hearing on Climate Action in Boulder, CO, on November 1, 2022.