Climate strike coming to State Capitol Friday

"Embrace Lincoln" has a trio of climate demands for lawmakers.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The group is called “Embrace Lincoln” and they say they’re striking for a better future as they march from the Nebraska Union to the State Capitol on Friday.

According to Embrace Lincoln, Nebraska is behind the pack when it comes to action on the climate.

“34 states in the U.S. have either released a climate action plan or are developing one currently, and Nebraska is not one of them”, says Embrace Corps Member Aila Ganich. “We really need to be prepared for the further consequences that we will face from climate change.”

The group’s solutions include a state climate plan, using wind energy, and sustainable agriculture. Even though this is hot on the heels of big international climate summits, Embrace Nebraska’s plan is to keep things closer to home.

“I think a lot of people are noticing that local communities play a big role in mitigating the effects of climate change”, says Ganich.

That means they’re trying to keep this movement at the grassroots level: “We have really been focusing on making sure Nebraskans are focused in these solutions. Not corporations, not other interests.”

Another aspect to Embrace Nebraska’s plan is what they call “climate justice”. Ganich explains that is, “Ensuring that marginalized communities who disproportionately feel the effects of climate change and have been forced to bear the brunt of climate change are centered in the community solutions that we choose to mitigate the effects of climate change.”

That justice works both ways, however, with Embrace Nebraska wanting fossil fuel industry workers to be trained in new positions, rather than simply losing their jobs.

The climate strike on November 19th starts at the Nebraska Union at 3 pm, the march to the Capitol begins at 3:30, and the rally starts at 4.

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