Students For Sustainability
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Who We Are
Students for Sustainability is a student run organization in Omaha, Nebraska. Since our founding in Spring 2019, with the leadership of Omaha high schoolers and the assistance of local organizations and university groups, we have been fighting to pass a state climate action plan, say no the KXL Pipeline, transition to regenerative agriculture, and harness our renewable energy potential.
Four Specific Demands we have for the State of Nebraska and it's leadership
Pass a State Climate Action Plan
Building Sustainable Policy
Students for Sustainability have been fighting since their founding to pass a state climate action plan in the state of Nebraska. A state climate action plan is a plan that oriented towards addressing climate change and its effect, especially that ways in which the Nebraska contribute to climate change and focusing on issues which will directly effect Nebraska. Nebraska is one of 14 states without a state climate action plan.
Transition to Regenerative Agriculture
Protecting the Environment and our Food Supply
Nebraska is one of the leading producers of agricultural products in the United States. In order to address this industry and the environmental footprint of agricultural production, Students for Sustainability are fighting to transition to regenerative agriculture. Regenerative agriculture is an approach to farming and other food systems that incorporates environmental conservation and preservation in order to safeguard the future of the industry and the people it serves.
Harness Our Renewable Energy Potential
Playing to Our Strengths
According to a report posted by WINDExchange, in 2020 Nebraska is has the 7th highest wind energy potential capacity and the 5th highest wind energy potential generation, but had only about 2100 installed wind power capacity--or about one fifth of Iowa's installed wind power capacity. On the potential side however, Nebraska actually has almost double the wind energy capacity and generation potential of Iowa. This disparity, along with the environmental benefits of wind energy, illustrates why Students for Sustainability are committed to fighting for furthering usage of renewable energy in Nebraska with a focus on what wind energy can do for the state.
Say No to the Keystone XL Pipeline
Protecting the Environment and America's First Peoples.
The Keystone XL Pipeline is an oil pipeline that passes through Canada and the United States. There have been plans proposed to expand the pipeline through northern Nebraska near Neligh and through land owned by the Ponca Native American Tribe, which has already had so much land stolen by the United States Government and its people. Students for Sustainability is committed to opposing this pipeline not only because of its potential environmental drawbacks, but also to protect the land of the Ponca Tribe.
“Adults keep saying we owe it to the young people, to give them hope, but I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.”