A group of climate activists came together Oct. 7 in downtown Lincoln and marched to the Nebraska Capitol to raise awareness about climate change. The young adults stood together raising signs made of cardboard in the air and chanting, “Hey! Hey! Ho-ho! Fossil fuels have got to go!”
Participants share their fears and hopes about the future with climate change on the steps of the Capitol.
“It’s nice to hear your fears spoken by someone else so that you know that you can relate to them,” Nebraska Interfaith Power and Light Intern Carissa Englert said. “And I feel like just knowing that other people feel the same way as you can make you feel encouraged to act.”
The climate strike was a part of the 2022 Nebraska Youth Climate Summit coordinated by the organization Nebraska Interfaith Power and Light, which combines advocating for the Earth and addressing climate change through faith and spiritual messages.
Organizational coordinator Ken Winston said the Nebraska Youth Climate Summit was also held in 2016, 2017 and 2019.
“I feel like all of us experience eco-anxiety whether we know it or not,” Englert said. “The world that we’re inheriting is really scary, and I feel like inaction just feeds that fear. So doing something, whether that’s as small as like taking individual actions or like grouping together and working with other people, just helps you feel less alone and helps get things done.”
“If no one took action. Nothing would ever change,” Englert said.
“We inherited this massive problem, and no matter what happens, we’re going to have to deal with the effects of climate change,” Ridder said. “Right now, our goal is to mitigate those effects and to reduce those effects.”
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