Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light and Nebraskans for Peace today stated their support for LR 294, a resolution drafted by students from Prairie Hill Learning Center stating that the Nebraska Legislature has a moral obligation to take steps to combat the climate crisis. LR 294 was introduced by Senator Rick Kolowski along with 11 co-introducers. “We encourage all people of faith, conscience and good will to support this resolution,” said Ken Winston, Director of Policy and Outreach for Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light.

The resolution reflects the amount and depth of research the students have undertaken to understand the scope and seriousness of the climate crisis. It cites numerous studies and reports, including reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Fourth National Climate Assessment, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Nebraska Lincoln about the impacts of the climate crisis both globally and locally.

“It is a shame that young people have to lead on addressing the climate crisis, but when they do, it is important for adults to support their efforts,” said Winston. “We hope that policymakers will pay attention to the universal messages of faith traditions that call for us to care for our children and future generations.”

“We encourage Nebraskans to contact their state senators and ask them to support LR 294,” said Winston. “When the resolution is scheduled for hearing, we encourage people to show their support for LR 294 through calls, letters and emails to the members of the Natural Resources Committee as well as through testimony at the hearing. Although we would prefer that policy makers take more direct action to address the causes and impacts of the climate crisis, this resolution sends an important message about the need to address this crisis.”