On November 6, the City & County of Honolulu announced its intent to sue the fossil fuel industry for deceiving people about the known dangers of climate change and the resulting damages to Oʻahu’s roads, sewers, and other public infrastructure. This litigation helps Oʻahu’s taxpayers who face billions of dollars in adaptation costs it will take to keep the islands livable. Honolulu joins Maui County and dozens of other counties, municipalities, and states across the US that have filed similar climate liability lawsuits. Learn more about climate litigation here.
Can't make it? You can still submit written testimony in support. Sample testimony & instructions here!
Since the 1960s, the fossil fuel industry knew that their products—oil, gas and coal—would cause detrimental impacts to the world’s climate. Instead of acting for the greater good, the industry doubled down on production and spent millions on alternative science and misinformation campaigns, wasting valuable time to transition to clean energy and worsening the climate crisis. The fossil fuel industry lied and they should be the ones to pay.
The city council must now approve a resolution to file suit and obtain outside counsel.
Show the Honolulu City Council your support for their lawsuit holding the fossil fuel industry responsible for their role in the climate crisis and the resulting damages to O‘ahu. The City Council Executive Matters and Legal Affairs committee will hear the resolution authorizing the lawsuit and obtaining outside counsel. If it passes committee, the full council will hear immediately after (~3pm)