Hawaiʻi is particularly well situated to host a groundbreaking institution that purposefully addresses peacebuilding in a time of emerging climate crisis. Equidistant from populous and diverse countries and economies, the islands sit at the center of our Earth’s climate crossroads and are at the forefront of the perils—and possibilities—that environmental change presents. It has fostered productive, place-based, and interdisciplinary climate policy endeavors. Hawaiʻi has also forged peace in communities of unparalleled cultural and ethnic diversity—and continues to pioneer in peacebuilding and peace education through unique organizations like the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution.
The distinctive combination of subject matter expertise, institutional cross-connections, and cutting-edge work positions the Institute for Climate and Peace to serve a uniquely important role in this century.