Please use this area to post your Future We Want (FWW) Visions by sharing:

(1) your group’s “Future We Want” statement and chosen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);

(2) related issues you want to do something about; and

(3) short- and long-term actions you plan to take, including participating in in-person and virtual regional and global UN summits, as well as showcasing action at local and city events.

(4) Be sure to include the names of your group members.

8 thoughts on “FWW Visions

  1. Who Are We:
    Piriyakorn Wesakawee
    Praeploy Amornsillaphachai
    Destiny Tuisano
    Joohyeon Park
    Nicola Minchillo-Barber

    UN Sustainable Development Goals in Focus:
    6. Clean water and sanitation
    15. Life on land

    The Future We want:
    We want to increase the amount of healthy land and water available for agricultural production and consumption.

    Reasons Why We Are Motivated:
    As Kumu Michelle explained to us, “from the mountain to the ocean” how the land and the water is used and integrated into the community is the core of protecting and sustaining life, culture, community, and well-being.
    We found that although our group members varied in where and what types of communities we may live (Bangkok, Wainae, South Korea, New York) and our specific problems in our area may be different, our broad concerns were the same.

    For example, we all had concerns about:
    1. the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides
    2. the need for local, sustainable, and accessible food sources
    3. the need to increase sustainable and regenerative employment opportunities
    4. the need to maintain natural and cultural sites for cultural sustainability and sources of income
    5. the ability of local communities to maintain cultural and physical connections to the land
    6. the disconnect between people and land/water (the need to be outside), as Maya Seotoro-Ng explained to us, the “vital need” and source of life and well-being
    7. the need to build infrastructure and developments that are intentionally mindful of land and water use
    8. the need to protect existing food sources (plants, animals, marine)
    9. the need to address and prevent critical health problems (water borne diseases, cancers, etc)
    10. the need to reduce and improve efficiency of landfills

    Short Term Actions: They include small actions, taken daily and consistently, to embody a lifestyle and mindset of “regenerative living” to intentionally reduce our individual carbon footprint and influence others. For example, seemingly little actions that can have a large impact on reducing carbon footprint when collectively calculated include, but are not limited to the following:
    1. Mindful eating
    2. Reduce paper and plastic consumption, especially by refusing single use plastics. (reusable straws, utensils, beverage containers, plastic lids, plastic bags)
    3. Mindful disposal of refuse (separating type of garbage, “carry in, carry out” mentality when no recycling is available, composting)
    4. Mindful of purchasing power, specifically purchasing household products, soaps, shampoos, etc. that do not contain harmful chemicals that are known to cause cancer, kill coral reefs, do not biodegrade, etc.
    5. Go organic and local!
    6. Plant edible gardens and revive green spaces on unused or “dead” land, (“guerrilla gardening”)
    7. Donating unwanted clothes, items and even building/construction materials to organizations that their resell, remake, or reuse them.
    8. Plant more trees, especially native trees!
    9. Use natural pesticides and planting to control pests. (plants used at Kahu Manu Farms)

    Long Term Actions: They include planned actions taken over long periods of time that involve community members, strategic planning, political action, and/or financial and social support networks. These actions would have large consistent impact on reducing carbon footprint when implemented and maintained. They include, but are not limited to the following:
    1. petitioning and pressuring the government to allow reclamation of lands for public protection and/or regulated sustainable practices
    2. petitioning and pressuring the government to ban single use plastics, especially plastic shopping bags
    3. establishing small, local, community based organizations that focus on local land and water protection through outreach, volunteering and public relations campaigns.
    4. establishing efficient and practical plans for helping families, small farms, and small businesses self-sufficiently operate. (“going off grid”, Thailand’s “new theory” on how to plan plots for small farmers and families, backyard farming, hydroponic farming)
    5. petitioning and pressuring the government to initiate public relations campaigns to inform public about the need to refuse, reduce, reuse, and recycle.
    6. establish community based nonprofits that reclaim items, materials and tools for community use and to keep out of landfills (examples: “tool libraries,” deconstruction companies such as Re-use Hawai’i, The Remakery in Upper Hutt, NZ).

    Specific Project Idea:
    We decided to focus on how to motivate individuals to act in both small and large ways.
    Step 1: Create a club or community group in our area with a mission statement that commits to connecting people to their local land and water sources and to live a restorative lifestyle. Establish a mindset and encourage the attitude that most people do not act from a place of maliciousness, but from a lack of knowledge. Encourage actions that are more proactive than reactive.
    Step 2: Create local Twitter or Instagram accounts for the club or community group to act as a platform that:
    –Disseminates information about events, actions, policies, etc. happening in their area. (ex. Land Trusts and giving rivers/mountains/land rights; CELDF-Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund; FOREST-studying app that helps to plant trees around the world; ECOSIA-search engine to use that helps to plant trees around the world; FREE RICE-game where when you play it helps to address hunger; GLOBAL CITIZEN app; Greta Thunberg TEDTalk; UN SDGs app; publicize walk or run events that focus on sustainability or plan with sustainability in mind; publicize club or community group events; link to Instagram “influencers” who are sustainably minded.
    –Helps to motivate individuals subscribed to the platform to establish a “regenerative lifestyle.”
    –Posts club/group created PSAs.
    –Encourage individuals to commit to viral sustainability. (ex. plant tree challenges; #TrashTag challenge; commit to 365 daily actions taken and post them to the account; “52 actions for generating fresh food;”)
    Step 3: Create a global network where these local clubs and communities can connect and communicate about events, progress and ideas, and assistance.


    1. Excellent, practical ideas as well as long-term goals. I love the variety of actions.
      I would love to see water catchment and capture options too. Keep in mind traditional methods that are sustainable and effective. Check out Purple Mai’a which uses indigenous perspectives mixed with STEM to create community action plans and problem-solving. Good that you are merging technology and nature with the idea of the app, social media, Instagram, telling the stories of nature and the needs of water and land etc. “Vital needs” are “universal needs” that all of us share. I appreciate so much that you have considered your groups’ common needs and experiences, the points of intersection between your various cultures. Your plans to sustain this work will be motivating to others and will appeal to multiple generations.


  2. Our chosen SDGs are goal #3 Good Health and Wellbeing and #16 Peace and Strong Institutions and we came up with the statement.
    “The Future We Want will have a community that focuses on connecting physical and mental health to create a society where people respect one another and strive for peace.”
    In order to create a peaceful society, we need to first create a community with good physical wellbeing. After this is accomplished, we will focus on mental health problems both in adolescents and in the local community. Once we have progress in our own groups, we can work to bring attention to mental health globally. This new awareness will help people respect each other from different societies and ultimately result in a more peaceful world. Once mental wellbeing exists, the individual can focus on helping others no matter the diverse perspectives they encounter.

    Short term action plans:
    – go on walks, exercise
    – practice mindfulness breathing
    – put up posters bringing awareness to mental health showing statistics or have uplifting quotes
    – use social media (messages, instagram, snapchat) for uplifting statements
    – introduce the youth outreach workers/ in school therapists
    – encourage dialogue between parents and students to talk about mental health
    – spend time away from social media/using technology adequately

    Long term action plans:
    – organize a walk focusing on SDGs in NY during the Youth Summit in September
    – incorporate mental health into the curriculum
    – Mental Health Day
    – organize events like races or marches
    – have student leaders who will give advice (leadership program)
    – take breaks throughout the school day
    – session for parents to understand mental health
    – find your inner peace in order to achieve peace globally


    1. Love the idea of organizing a walk and events at the Youth Summit and Mental Health Day. These are manageable and specific goals. I am grateful for your commitment to student leadership and empowerment on these issues. While it is good to have intergenerational effort and partnerships between school-community-home, I hope that students can stay front and center in your efforts. Good that you seem to be working on personal peace, interpersonal peace, and community peace. Good to work on interfaith dialogue/harmony. Also would be good to integrate non-religious meditation techniques like walking meditations, forest breathing etc. Urban walks are also valuable and yield great insights. Check out National Geographic. I like your focus on wellbeing rather than the labels of mental health that might be challenging for some communities.Check out CASEL for Social-Emotional Learning strategies and resources.


  3. a) In the future, we want our cities and communities to be diverse, resilient, secure, fair, equal and united. We have chosen to address responsible consumption (12) and sustainable cities/communities (11).

    b) We determined the following as problems in our society:
    – Finite resources
    – Waste management
    – Access to parks
    – Pollution
    – Overconsumption
    – economic and racial disparities
    – Urban migration
    – Recycling
    – Renewable energy

    Short Term:
    – Create advertisement campaign to stress the maintaining our environment
    – Using TV Commercials, posters, and social media
    – Participating in the New York Climate Summit and/or the OECD Conference
    – present slides on our ideas
    – Petition local government to install
    – Adding community service and environment care subject
    – Make metal straws more accessible to students
    – Reduce the amount of paper goods used in classroom if possible

    Long Term:
    – Install solar panels on buildings plus other empty, unused spaces.
    – Create community gardens on top or around buildings.
    – With an emphasis on fresh produce
    – Promote the usage of deconstruction rather than demolition
    – In order to reuse materials and reduce the amount of waste
    – Educate the students, the youngster through apps, class and signs.

    d) Seongkeon Oh (Korea), Ty Kawamura (New York), Kaimana Ahina (Hawai’i), Catherine Mount (Hawai’i), Shaye Nishimura (Hawai’i), Adisak Kittivorawit, Akiko K. Mikouchi, Rishabh Gharekhan (New York)


    1. Great ideas for participation and activism. Perhaps think about how to connect with other organizations doing gardening, park, solar energy work etc, so that you don’t have to do this yourselves. Good to be ambitious. Not clear yet on your specific pathways at times, but you have created valuable pillars of information, collaboration/communication, and policy transformation. School gardens are a great idea. Perhaps check out the Aina Is school garden program here in Hawaii, led by the Kokua Foundation.


  4. a) ‘O kakou ka moana a ‘o ka moana no kakou.
    – We are the ocean and the ocean is us.

    b) We determined the following as problems in our society:
    – plastic pollution
    – lack of fish
    – Hudson River being extremely polluted
    – Stink Pond in Nanakuli being extremely polluted
    – Reefs are depleted
    – Man made reefs in New Zealand
    – Overuse of sunscreen
    – industrial dumping
    – moving sand from one beach to another
    – commercial fishing
    – cost of environmentally safe sunscreen

    Short Term:
    – educate the public
    – advertise sunscreen that has been already made
    – more beach cleanups
    – find recycling places that takes plastic waste in bulk
    – PSA’s about the importance of recycling and the importance of saving our beaches
    – advertise purpose in school’s daily bulletin

    Long Term:
    – create more reef safe sunscreen
    – animal sanctuaries
    – create more strict laws protecting more beaches
    – have more strict consequences for breaking those laws
    – improving runoff and sewage systems
    – create organizations to do beach clean ups in more than one area

    d) Tuauri Reriti (New Zealand), Te Rae Ngaheke (New Zealand), Kaanihi Butler-Hare (New Zealand), Kala’e Lagasca-Abad (Wai’anae), Justus Wa’a (Nanakuli), Kimo Sullivan (Wai’anae), Keoni Reverio-Dietz (Wai’anae), Shanyalyn Lalawai (Wai’anae)


  5. Aloha everyone,

    So happy to meet you all yesterday, have a discussion, and read about your action plans aligned to the SDGs.

    Overall, I’m impressed to see how much work you have put into your ideas. There is a great range of priorities here, definitely spanning the 2030 global goals agenda. Maika’i loa (fantastic)!

    One detail I really liked from all the plans here are the range of short- and long-term actions that include engagement (ex: organizing races or marches); policy (ex: petitions to the government for ban single use plastics and increase the use of metal or bamboo straws); and grassroots (ex: create community service and give-back days). These are well-rounded ideas that take a comprehensive and multi-layered approach to successful actions! They are also tangible and can absolutely be achieved!

    One suggestion I might add would be to rank some of the action lists and areas of concern to major themes. Some of these can fit into organized categories to help keep your plans in order for the group to assign tasks and follow-up with a potential for timeline/deadline you want to do some of this organizing.

    I really like all your ideas for social media, PSA, commercials, posters, etc to help make your ideas known to the public. Often times in big organizations like the ones I have worked in, we forget to make sure the goals we have are shared broadly and that the initiatives we care about our known to people that don’t work with us. Your ideas are making sure the concerns you have are shared outwardly, and that’s great.

    Feel free to message me if you have more thoughts or ideas, I’m here to help!

    With aloha to you and this program,
    Kealoha Fox (@foxykealoha)


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