Excerpt Carpooling, using public transportation and turning off the lights are a few of the small lifestyle changes people can make to help curb climate change, Pope Francis said Thursday in an encyclical on the environment.
The Rev. Kim Morrow, executive director of Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light, said those types of changes would help solve the problem but, “We have to look at the scale of the crisis.”
Globally, we face significant economic, social, and environmental risks as we confront the challenges associated with climate change. The magnitude and rapidity of the projected changes in climate are unprecedented, and their implications for the health of our planet and the legacy we will leave to our children, our grandchildren, and future generations are of vital concern. We need to develop strategies now to adapt to the changes, and this process must begin at the local level.
Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska documents many of the key challenges that Nebraska will face as a result of climate change. Commentaries from experts on Nebraska’s water resources, energy supply and use, agriculture, forests, health, ecosystems, urban systems and rural communities, and infrastructure and vulnerabilities raise serious concerns about the impacts of projected changes in climate, but they also provide a starting point for discussions about the actions that we can take to overcome these challenges.