As President Barack Obama wraps up his vacation to Hawaii, he'll be greeted with a full-page ad Saturday urging him to take action on climate change.
The ad, appearing in Hawaii's main paper, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, appeals to Obama's origins and legacy.
"The 'aina is part of our legacy, Mr. President, and yours," the ad reads, using the Hawaiian word for "earth." "If we fail to act, rising sea levels, super storms, and droughts will forever change these islands, our nation and the world."
The ad, which was taken out by political advocacy group the League of Women Voters, is running just days after the release of a federal report that warns of significant impacts of climate change on the Hawaiian archipelago.
The Department of the Interior's Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment issued dire predictions for Hawaii, including higher air and sea-surface temperatures, and rising sea levels that could result in coastal flooding or erosion. These impacts would hurt "coastal infrastructure and agriculture, impact tourism, and negatively affect ecosystems and endangered species," the report warned.
The League of Women Voters says Obama can start addressing climate change by setting "tough standards" for power plants under the Clean Air Act. That act, which was put into place 40 years ago, defines how the federal government keeps the nation's air clean and protects the ozone layer.
"The League supported the Clean Air Act back when Richard Nixon signed it into law," says president Elisabeth McNamara. "And in the last few months, climate change has become more of a priority for us... This is something only Obama can do. If he can't do it, it won't get done."
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