The Climate March in Omaha: Sept. 21

Join fellow Greens and other concerned citizens for the Climate March in Omaha:

  • WHAT: The Big “O” Climate March
  • WHEN: Sunday, September 21, 2014 – 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Memorial Park, near the ball diamond on Underwood Ave.
  • WHO: Sponsored by the Sierra Club, Transition Omaha, Nebraskans for
    Peace, Bold Nebraska, Citizens Climate Lobby

In Solidarity with the People’s Climate March in NYC because we
care about what’s happening to the planet due to climate disruption and
we want our leaders to address the problem NOW.

In conjunction with the People’s Climate March taking place in New York
City on the same day, local groups and individuals will join together in
a solidarity action to highlight the reality of climate change and the
urgent necessity to do something about it.

All are invited to meet at Memorial Park near the ball diamond promptly
at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21st. We’ll listen to speakers, rally a
bit, and then (for those who want to) march, bike or drive to the Dundee
Community Garden to join Transition Omaha for a solar tour, which
includes the new off-grid panels at the garden and the new on-grid
panels at a residence three blocks away from the garden. Tours will run
every 15 minutes or so starting around 2 p.m.; marchers can rotate
between the tour locations.

There will be refreshments at the Garden, and everyone who would like to
partake is encouraged to bring their own water bottles, plates,
silverware and napkins as we try to keep waste to a minimum.

There will be some signs available to rally and march with, but feel
free to make your own. And it would be great to have some music, too,
while we’re rallying and walking, so you musicians out there, please
bring your instruments!

Call Your Members of Congress

It appears the march toward war is on once again. NOW is the time to call your U.S. Senators and Representatives. Let them know:

1. ISIS and the disintegration of Iraq and Syria are political and social issues that cannot be solved militarily.

2. Our military interventions in the region have already cost us much and gained us little.

3. The decision to go to war must be made democratically; we cannot re-constitute the rationale of a 13-year-old Act of Congress that — even back then — irresponsibly granted the Executive Branch far-reaching, unchecked war-making powers.

4. There is an alternative approach: Build an international coalition to starve violent militants of money and arms. End the violence, rather than perpetuating it.

Call Congress by using this special number: 1-855-68 NO WAR (1-855-686-6927). This number will connect you with the Capitol Switchboard operator. Ask for your Representative or Senator’s office. Don’t be discouraged — they will listen. If we all call, they will have to listen.

Heuermann Lecture Sept. 25: Climate Change in Nebraska

From Nebraskans For Peace:

Please help us spread the word about an important event that will take place on Thursday, September 25th, 3 to 5 p.m. at UNL’s new Innovation Campus Conference Center.

Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska is a Heuermann Lecture Series presentation. It includes a reception, presentation of recent study findings compiled by UNL experts on the impact of climate change on Nebraska, and a panel discussion. The event is sponsored by the Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and will be led by Donald Wilhite, Emeritus Director and Professor of the National Drought Mitigation Center. It is free and open to the public. Please consider attending.

Or get together with some friends and have a watch party. If you can’t make it to the Innovation Center you can still tune in via Live Online Streaming.

Check out the full lecture series schedule.

Is Peace Possible in an Era of Diminishing Water Supplies?

From Nebraskans for Peace:

Water is so essential for life that wars have been fought over it. And with the accelerating pace of climate change, conflicts over water resources will become more frequent, widespread and intense. Even an agricultural powerhouse like Nebraska, sitting atop one of the largest fresh-water aquifers in the world, is projected to face water shortages in the decades to come. Potable water, it turns out, is not only essential for life. It’s essential to creating the conditions for peace.

Read the full article and more in the September/October edition of Nebraska Report.

KXL Supreme Court hearing this Friday, Sept. 5

From BOLD Nebraska:

On Friday, Sept. 5, the Nebraska Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Thompson v. Heineman, the case pitting three Nebraska landowners fighting to protect their land from eminent domain and TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, against an unconstitutional law passed by the Nebraska legislature fast-tracking the pipeline route approval process.

The hearing will take place at 9 a.m. at the Nebraska Supreme Court, located inside the State Capitol building in Lincoln.

Want to attend the hearing, watch it broadcast live, or go to the concert rally later that day? Get all the info from BOLD Nebraska.

Electric car charging stations popping up in Lincoln

From JournalStar.com:

Electric car owners in Lincoln will soon have places other than their homes where they can charge up. Lincoln Electric System is putting two electric vehicle charging stations in a city parking garage that’s under construction at 530 P St.

Marc Shkolnick, manager of energy services at LES, said the two stations will be on the first level of the Green Deck No. 2 garage. Each station will have two charging ports, and one port will be dedicated for LES use for charging its three electric vehicles. The other three ports will be open to the public, the first in Lincoln.

Read more.

In Neligh Sept. 27: Neil Young and Willie Nelson

From BOLD Nebraska:

Two music legends — Neil Young and Willie Nelson — will perform a benefit concert on Sept. 27 on a farm near Neligh, Nebraska, that is on the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline and also crosses the historic Ponca Tribe “Trail of Tears.”

Proceeds from the “Harvest the Hope” concert will go to Bold Nebraska, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Cowboy & Indian Alliance, to fund the ongoing fight against the Keystone XL pipeline, as well as a number of small, community-based clean energy projects on farms and tribal land. The afternoon concert will take place in a field on a farm owned by a family who are part of a strong collective of Nebraska landowners refusing to sell their land to TransCanada for the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline, and a sacred tribal ceremony will be included in the day’s events.

Also performing will be Native American hip-hop artist Frank Waln, Lukas Nelson (son of Willie!) and the “Stopping the Pipeline Rocks All-Stars,” some of the local Nebraska artists who recorded a benefit album in the solar-powered barn built inside the path of the Keystone XL pipeline last summer.

Read more and purchase tickets.

March against climate change crosses pipeline’s path

From the Columbus Telegram and the Schuyler Sun:

BRADSHAW — Corn grew to the left, soybeans to the right and gravel crunched under their feet on Road 22 Saturday afternoon as about 70 Nebraskans met 35 marchers who are on a cross-country trek to inspire action in combating climate change.

The Great March for Climate Action, which started in Los Angeles, reached Nebraska soil on June 30 and participants have been slowly winding their way through the state. By Saturday, their shoes’ soles had covered about 1,800 miles — about 20 miles a day — with about 1,200 miles to go to reach Washington, D.C.

In the Cornhusker State, those marching have sung in the People’s Church in tiny Max, walked in the July 4 parade in Culbertson, slept in a farmer’s field between Arapahoe and Holdrege — and spoke with thousands of Nebraskans along the way.

Read more.