Many of the world’s leaders are meeting this month in Glasgow as part of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which began Sunday.

Count Hawaii Gov. David Ige among those in attendance.

“Hawaii was the first state to show its commitment to climate action by embracing the Paris Agreement in law and creating the state’s Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission,” a press release from the state explained Monday. “The state is also the first in the world to commit to a 100% clean energy goal.”

COP26, as it is called, is billed as the most consequential meeting of world leaders to discuss climate change since the UN meeting in Paris in 2015.

At a meeting before the Hawaii commission Monday, Ige said, “I want to make it clear that government action at the sub-national level is needed, doable and in line with how our society can and should function. Climate change is an existential threat and like traditional navigators in Hawaiian voyaging canoes, we can see storm clouds ahead.”

The delegation to Scotland, according to the governor’s office, includes Suzanne Case, director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, and Scott Glenn, head of the Hawaii State Energy Office, and “other environmental advocates.”

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