LINCOLN — Members of six groups representing different causes came together Wednesday to share a view they hold in common: The science of climate change is clear, and it's time for action.
Represented were the Nebraska Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club, Bold Nebraska, Nebraskans for Peace, the League of Women Voters and the Nebraska Farmers Union.
Also present was John Pollack, a retired National Weather Service meteorologist.
Last month, five University of Nebraska-Lincoln climate scientists signed a statement that said it is time to stop debating and start taking action on climate change. “Climate change is real, and human activities have a profound effect on the way in which it is occurring,” the statement said.
The statement was “a bit of a wake-up call” to get re-engaged with the issue, said John Hansen, president of the Nebraska Farmers Union.
Duane Hovorka of the Nebraska Wildlife Federation said the risks to wetlands, wildlife and rivers are substantial.
Pollack emphasized the urgency of reducing carbon emissions.
“As a state and a society, we need to get off the fossil fuel path as fast as we can,” he said.
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