Questions regarding Hawaii’s ban on sunscreens containing chemicals harmful to reefs, oxybenzone and octinoxate, will be answered in a free presentation at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday via Zoom.
The presentation titled “Education versus Enforcement: Next Steps Beyond Enacting Hawaii’s Sunscreen Law” is sponsored by the Maui County Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and hosted by the Maui Nui Marine Resources Council as part of the organization “Know Your Ocean Speaker Series”. Other events in this series are organized each month via Zoom.
Dr. Craig Downs, whose groundbreaking research raised awareness about sunscreen chemicals and their role in the decline of coral reefs, will be a special guest speaker at this presentation.
Downs received his doctorate. from the University of Hawaii in Cellular and Molecular Biology, has published over 50 scientific papers and a number of book chapters in science textbooks, and is co-editor of the veterinary book CRC press, “Coral diseases”.
Downs has held research professor positions at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine and Sweet Briar College. He is currently visiting professor at Sorbonne University (France) and executive director of the Haereticus Environmental Laboratory, a non-profit scientific organization.
Hawaii Senator Mike Gabbard, who drafted the legislation that led to Hawaii’s ban on the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, will also speak at the presentation.
Gabbard, who has represented District 20 since 2006, which includes Kapolei, Makakilo and parts of Kalaeloa, Waipahu and Ewa, drafted 54 bills that have become laws regarding energy efficiency, renewable energy, species protection. threatened, industrial hemp, the environment, public safety, etc.
The speakers plan to investigate whether sunscreen pollution is a symptom of unsustainable tourism and coastal development, how we are getting visitors and residents to comply with the new sunscreen law, and who is. responsible for its application.
Information and advice on how to protect the marine environment will also be provided by this panel.
Darla Palmer-Ellingson, host of the local public affairs program radio show, Island Environment 360 Maui’s only commercially broadcast public affairs program on environment and related Hawaiian cultural topics, aired on stations from H-Hawaii Media, will host the virtual event.
This free webinar requires prior reservations. Reserve a spot at http://bit.ly/SunscreenWebinar.