The US State of Hawaii has made history by becoming the first US state to declare a climate emergency.
A ‘climate emergency’ means a situation in which urgent action is required to reduce or halt climate change and avoid potentially irreversible environmental damage resulting from it.
The law – known as SCR44 – was passed by the island’s local government on 29 April.
It recognises that climate change is a threat to humans and the environment right now.
The law aims to make better choices to help prevent climate change. Hopefully it will also help agencies and work together to help tackling the issue.
While Hawaii is the first US state to declare a climate emergency, more than 1,900 emergency declarations have been made in 34 countries. This includes the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
FACTS ABOUT HAWAII
Hawaii is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, more than 2,000 miles away from the US mainland.
It is made up of eight major islands and a number of smaller ones.