Rural communities are full of people who take stewardship seriously, and are committed to preserving their way of life. We’re here to support that strong sense of stewardship and that vision for the future by supporting action on climate change.

Rural, small town, and tribal communities are among the hardest hit by the impacts of climate change, but we are also a critical part of the solution. We’re working right alongside rural Americans, small business owners, farmers, ranchers, civic, and community leaders to advocate for measures that will both address climate change and create new opportunities in rural places.

There are many reasons to reduce carbon emissions and invest in renewable energy and more efficient use of energy in our daily lives. At the Center, we aim to amplify the voices of those who are doing difficult work and having difficult conversation; those who are advocates and who have entrusted us with their stories and hopes for their community.

Take a moment to listen to our Climate Stewards and their stories, or dive into our resource page. And be sure to sign our petition to express your support for addressing climate change. Join us in standing up for what’s right.

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Climate Notes


Take the Next Step NPPD!

The coal-fired power plant north of Hallam, Nebraska, Sheldon Station, will undergo a partial transition from coal to an exciting and innovative power generation technology. Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), which owns and operates the plant, plans to replace one of the existing coal-fired boilers at Sheldon Station plant with one that uses hydrogen fuel. This is great but it’s a ‘job half-done.’

Winds of the past, a farm today

I love the wind. I like to feel it rushing by, rustling leaves. I like to watch birds catch a breeze and take off. My son loves flying kites, and watching bubbles twisting around, showing us just how much our air moves. However, there is a point where it stops sounding like the ocean and starts causing damage. Living next to our corn and bean acres outside Brainard, Nebraska, the wind races across the field unbridled and rips apart my yard. It knocks tree branches down, sends items unsecured across the highway, and causes damage to property and trees.

Making Nebraska’s food system more resilient in the face of an uncertain climate

Ask anyone if they’ve noticed weather patterns becoming increasingly erratic over the last 20 years and the answer is usually a resounding “yes!”

Extreme precipitation events, prolonged periods of drought, and scorching summer temperatures are all on the rise in the United States and worldwide. In the Great Plains region, droughts, floods and rising temperatures are already cutting crop yields. These erratic weather patterns are projected to reduce agricultural yields and livestock productivity even further as we move into the next 40 years.

Hey, South Dakota… Let’s Talk

During the month of September, the Center for Rural Affairs will host a series of farm tours and community conversations to talk with South Dakotans, particularly from rural and small towns. We’ll chat about how the state’s climate and energy future relates to farming and ranching, soil and water conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy development and many other topics. All of the events are free and open to everyone.