By Bryce Oates, Climate, Rural Environment and Agriculture Project, Civil Eats
Despite the heated political rhetoric on both sides of the issue, the realities of the changing climate are driving farmers of all stripes to take action . . . [The] evidence that agriculture is a major contributor to greenhouse gases in the atmosphere—as well the role farm practices can play in both mitigating and helping farmers adapt to climate change—has only mounted. And while some advocates are working to bring the conversation to the fore among rural communities, others are more focused on supporting farmers to change their practices and build healthy soil, regardless of what language they use. Read the entire article here.
iStock Photo: Farmer surveying drought conditions.
LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION
- USDA Climate Hubs
Our new national and regional websites are designed to ensure that stakeholders from around the Nation can quickly and easily find the information they need to manage climate change risks and ensure the resilience of their production systems.
- Northern Plains Climate Hub
The Northern Plains Climate Hub, which serves Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota, delivers science-based knowledge, practical information, management & conservation strategies, and decision tools to farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners with the goal of helping them adapt to weather variability and changing climatic conditions.
- National Farmers Union’s Climate Column
- Nebraska Farmers Union
Nebraska Farmers Union members approved five top priorities for 2018 at their last state convention. These Special Orders of Business include: Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and Net Metering: The members of the Nebraska Farmers Union support an increase of the maximum guaranteed access level for net-metering from 25 kilowatts to 100 kilowatts. Secondly, the members support changing and updating current state law to allow single owners the option of aggregating their multiple meters for the purpose of net metering.
- The Nebraska State Climate Office (NSCO) is an organization dedicated to delivering science-based climate services at the local and state level. NSCO’s focus is on weather and climate monitoring, climate services, and stakeholder engagement. NSCO’s office includes operation of the Nebraska Mesonet, a state-wide weather observation network with nearly 70 locations across Nebraska that assess local conditions.
NSCO’s Links to More Information
- High Plains Regional Climate Center
- NOAA Climate
- Climate Change: What does it mean for Nebraska?
- UNL Climate Report
ADDITIONAL PUBLICATIONS OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
- Midlands Voices: It is time for Nebraska to prepare for climate change
- Midlands Voices: Creighton president among Catholic institutions to sign climate declaration
- Changing climate is already affecting life in Nebraska and Iowa. And warming continues
- Iowa native James Hansen wishes he wasn’t right about global warming
- 30 years after NASA’s warning, global warming ‘is hitting us hard,’ scientists say
- Climate change hits Iowans in their homes, Des Moines Register
- Survey Shows More Americans Believe There is ‘Solid Evidence’ of Global Warming, Insurance Journal
FEATURED YOUTH CLIMATE ACTION: OUR CHILDREN’S TRUST
Our Children’s Trust elevates the voice of youth to secure the legal right to a stable climate and healthy atmosphere for the benefit of all present and future generations. Through our programs, youth participate in advocacy, public education and civic engagement to ensure the viability of all natural systems in accordance with science.
Our mission is to protect earth’s atmosphere and natural systems for present and future generations. We lead a game-changing legal campaign seeking systemic, science-based emissions reductions and climate recovery policy at all levels of government. We give young people, those with most at stake in the climate crisis, a voice to favorably impact their futures.
Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
By Paul Hawken (Editor), Tom Steyer (Foreword)