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Sterling Higa: Building Hawaii’s Housing Future with Local Leaders

Sterling Higa: Building Hawaii’s Housing Future with Local Leaders
Sterling Higa: Though Hawai‘i is often stereotyped as paradise, it comes at a price. The cost of living in Hawai‘i is more than many locals can afford. Housing is the largest expense for most families. The underlying economics of building in Hawai‘i, a burdensome system of regulations, and NIMBY ("not in my backyard") opposition groups combine to create a system where not much housing is being built at a price that local families can afford. Housing Hawaii's Future rallies students and young locals to educate themselves, get civically engaged, and take action to address the housing affordability crisis in Hawai‘i.

Caroline Kolta: Ensuring Sustainable Food Access for Growing Populations

Caroline Kolta: Ensuring Sustainable Food Access for Growing Populations
Caroline: Glad to be with you, Spiffy! Traditional, animal-derived food products are highly desirable to most of the world population. Did you know that, in 2020 alone, 574 million metric tons (the weight of or 50,000 Eiffel Towers) of meat, fish, dairy, and eggs were consumed?

Sachi Singh: Building a Healthier and More Sustainable Future of Food

Sachi Singh: Building a Healthier and More Sustainable Future of Food

Sachi: Happy to be with you, Spiffy! For starters, our food system is making us sick AND the planet sick! Six in ten Americans have at least one chronic, preventable disease, primarily due to lack of nutrition and exercise. Our methods of producing food (industrial agriculture) is ruining our soil, biodiversity, and groundwater, all while contributing to climate change. As populations grow, we need to produce more nutritious food for more people with less environmental and climate impact. There is no single solution. However, there is a bright spot: seaweed!