Elder Climate LegacY


Mobilization of the wisdom, talents, experience, and resources of elders to influence and promote actions leading to a more sustainable environment for current and future generations.


As elder citizens of the Earth, we desire to serve as a catalyst in educating the public, opinion leaders, and decision makers regarding actions and policies that can effectively address critical environmental issues facing current and future generations.



To work in cooperation with cohorts and stakeholders to bring about legislative action to develop, fund, and implement a Climate Change Action Plan for Nebraska.  

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To provide awareness, knowledge, and solutions on critical environmental issues to individuals, organizations, business/commerce, and communities.


Objective: Meet with individuals, elected representatives, educational and governmental officials, agricultural leaders, civic and social groups relating to climate action planning for Nebraska and associated issues.


Build an engaged movement of Nebraska’s Climate Legacy Elders to successfully work together to leave a more positive legacy for current and future generations.


Objective: Have a movement of 250 Nebraska Climate Elders passionately working to leave a positive legacy in this state for current and future generations—particularly through action in support of Goals One and Two.

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May 6, 2020

Our own Don Wilhite was in the paper in the Lincoln Journal Star on April 14th for his "local view". Read an excerpt below in case you missed it!

Action vs. Inaction. Proactive vs. Reactive. Managing Risk vs. Managing a Crisis.

These concepts were central to my professio...

February 28, 2020

Last week there were positive steps in the Nebraska Legislature.

First, LB 283 was advanced from the Executive Committee for consideration by the entire Legislature. LB 283 would create a State Climate Action Plan.  The University of Nebraska would be given the task of...

February 9, 2020

There is a Biblical Proverb which says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” 

In these times of difficulty for production agriculture in the nation’s heartland, a multiple of forces bearing down suggest ‘business-as-usual is not working. A new vision for agric...

January 22, 2020

Our updated ECL Fact Sheet: Climate Change and its Implications for Nebraska” is now available (link to document).

It’s a wealth of up-to-date information and analysis that provides a clear Nebraska perspective. And it builds a compelling case for Building Resilience t...

December 5, 2019

“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children” --- Native American Proverb.

This proverb says a lot about the situation we are in today with Climate Change. The future of our children and grandchildren is being set...

November 15, 2019

“Monday marks a dark day among those of us who believe in us in working with allies to share the burden of solving tough problems—especially a climate crisis that demands a World War II-style mass mobilization before it’s too late.”

Those are the words of former U.S. s...

August 20, 2019

So…just who is this Greta Thunberg..? If you don’t know her already, you soon will know her as a 16-year old Swedish student who is speaking with a powerful voice to the whole world to wake up and deal with climate change while there’s still time. Her message; “our hou...

July 21, 2019

Most have heard the proverb, “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me”. Literally, this means after being tricked once, one should learn from one's mistakes and avoid being tricked in the same way again. 

One of the more significant tricks impacting human...

May 22, 2019

The Nebraska Elder Climate Legacy group (ECL) thanks Senator Timothy Gragert for his leadership and tenacity in steering LB 243 the healthy soils bill through the Legislative process. This legislation now law, creates a task force of 15 voting and 2 non-voting members...

April 25, 2019

 In mid-March, Nebraska became the latest part of the world to experience a devastating natural disaster as a bomb cyclone tore and flooded more than 70 of the 93 counties. The dollar estimates of $1.3 billion of destruction continue to mount, while not even factoring...

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