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.  


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.




Climate Justice

When we think of climate change and the challenges it creates for humanity, we may typically see cold statistics and graphs of the changes to our natural world, and dollar measures of the implications. Of course, these are all important aspects of the climate change story. But here, David Lux shares a most profound characteristic of our changing climate that not very often addressed let alone highlighted. While climate change knows no borders, the consequences fall despairingly at different times and different intensities across humanity. Thus, climate justice is part of the story, and must impact humanity’s response.

Helping Ag Help The World

While for now the Nebraska legislature has voted to turn down any policy relating to a climate action and preparedness plan, there are other important climate-related policy issues arising at the congressional level. One of those bills, the 2020 Growing Climate Solutions Act introduced in both houses of Congress is particularly relevant to an agricultural-based state like Nebraska. Click here for the August 13, 2020 op ed in the Lincoln Journal Star.

July 23 LB283 Debate

July 23, 2020 saw LB 283 up for first round debate in the Nebraska Legislature. The bill would have directed the University of Nebraska to develop an evidence-based, data-driven, strategic action plan to provide methods for adapting to and mitigating the impacts of extreme weather events or climate change. Thanks to Senator John McCollister designating it as his priority bill, it was allowed 3-hours of debate. Unfortunately, the bill fell victim to a successful filibuster focused on its original language of combating climate change. Those who opposed the bill called climate change “a hoax”, and the bill itself “telling people what to do and how to live—Big-Brother!” We attach here the final

Nebraska Must Plan for a Changing Climate: Passing LB 283 is a First Step

In April, I published an opinion piece (A Tale of Two Crises, 4/14/20) that pointed out numerous similarities between the current Covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis that is looming today and in the decades ahead. There I pointed to the need to plan for future crises, knowing that when confronted with a crisis—a pandemic, a natural disaster or the climate crisis—the costs of inaction (lack of preparedness) is always far greater than the costs of action (preparedness). While the loss of human life as well as the economic costs and human suffering from Covid-19 continue to mount, we wait anxiously for a vaccine. There is no vaccine for climate change. Given recent occurrences of extreme w