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Midwest Action on Climate Change

Across the Midwest and Great Plains – from Nebraska to Michigan and from North Dakota to Ohio – people are taking action this week to address climate change and calling for investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and limiting carbon pollution from America’s power plants.

Midwest Week of Action Builds Awareness About Climate Change

The Center is joining organizations from across the Midwest for a regional week of action, in order to build awareness for the Clean Power Plan, and encourage rural residents to voice their support for limits on carbon pollution from our nations power plants. The Clean Power Plan proposal isn't just about cutting carbon, it will encourage more investment in clean renewable energy and energy efficiency, which are both great ways to save money, and spark economic development.

Farmers Lead on Climate Resiliency

Jerry Peckumn farms in Jefferson, Iowa. To prevent soil erosion, Jerry plants perennials on his steepest land and maintains buffer strips. At a climate forum in Grinnell, he emphasized the importance of finding good ways to incorporate more perennials.

Though he uses numerous conservation practices, he is always looking for ways to improve the resiliency of his land. For many farmers, taking steps to build resilience in the face of a changing climate comes naturally.

Rural Activists Gather in a Corn Field to Fight the Keystone Pipeline

In August, we heard BOLD Nebraska and the Cowboy Indian Alliance were set to host a concert with Willie Nelson and Neil Young in a corn field near Neligh, NE. Wait, what? Willie Nelson and Neil Young playing in a cornfield in our home state? Yes! (They had us at hello.)
You can’t deny the appeal of seeing Willie and Neil perform live, especially in a corn field. But they agreed to do the concert to support rural people in their fight against the Keystone XL pipeline. That's even more appealing.


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