By Erika Spanger-Siegfried, Senior Analyst, Climate & Energy,
Union of Concerned Scientists Blog
On Friday, September 20, a rare moment will take place in the long and bruising climate fight: a youth-led, global demonstration of power, solidarity, and determination—and if history is any guide, real beauty, too. On this day, in thousands of locations around the world, young people—perhaps millions—will strike against a status quo of complacency, inaction, and injustice on climate change, and join voices to demand a livable future. Here are some things you need to know to about the upcoming climate strike, including why this moment is so vital, and how you can show your support as an ally to youth around the globe and right here at home.
When I was around [16-year old Swedish climate activist and original climate striker, Greta Thunberg’s] age, climate change was already in the news and on my mind. But unlike today, we had time then to arrest the problem, bend the upward curve our emissions were on, and avert really dangerous changes and impacts. And unlike Greta and today’s young climate activists, I had great confidence that we would do it. Anything else would be insane, disastrous, unthinkable. But here we are, several decades later. Read more here.
Omaha Climate Strike
Friday, September 20, 2019 – 8 AM to 12 PM
Omaha City Hall steps, 1819 Farnam Street
Click here for details.
Nebraska Climate Strike – Lincoln
Friday, September 20, 2019
Meet at Nebraska Union’s Green Space at 2:30 PM on UNL’s campus.
March begins at 3 PM to Nebraska State Capitol Building, 1445 K Street.
Join this event on Facebook.
Previously Posted News, Opinion & Resources
- CSU makes sustainable practices a focal point, The Creightonian
Creighton Students Union (CSU) sustainability initiatives include advancing the Creighton Climate justice movement’s request that the University endowment divest from fossil fuels. CSU board representatives are writing a Divestment Referendum, which the board will vote on this month.
- Doane university divests from fossil fuels, KLKN TV
Doane University students and staff are working together to get the university to divest from the fossil fuel industry by 2030.
- Opinion: Renewable electricity is the solution to the climate crisis, by Zach Renshaw, Chair of Doane University’s Climate Reality Campus Corps, The Doane Line. This post includes Climate Reality resources.
- Solar panels up, operational, UNMC Newsroom
“Having a renewable energy source on campus demonstrates our commitment to being carbon neutral by 2030 and parallels our mission to create a healthy future for all individuals and communities.” – Darren Dageforde, Executive Director of utilities and energy utilization for UNMC
- Schools, manufacturers working to “grow our own”, Hastings Tribune
- CCC center in Kearney showcases technology, Kearney Hub
- Editorial: Creighton is among Omaha institutions spearheading environmental sustainability, Omaha World-Herald
- Editorial: UNL displays impressive success with sustainability, Lincoln Journal Star Editorial Board
- UNL inching toward setting greenhouse gas reduction goals, Lincoln Journal Star
- Majors urged to lead energy transition, Petroleum Economist
International oil companies (IOCs) face a major challenge from investors pulling out of fossil fuel-related businesses but are also in a unique position to reshape public perceptions and become trusted custodians of the world’s energy resources, a leading force behind the COP 21 Paris Agreement told the SPE Offshore Europe 2019 conference. In the past four years over 1,000 institutions have together pledged to divest more than $6tn from fossil fuels, an 11,200pc increase over the previous period, says Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2010 to 2016.
We Are Still In Coalition
Almost 4,000 states, cities, counties, companies, universities, colleges and other institutions are now members of the We Are Still In coalition, which is committed to meeting the U.S. emissions goals under the Paris Agreement. Coalition leaders currently represent over 150 million people and nearly $9.5 trillion in GDP.
Environment America Resources