The Nebraska Youth Climate Summit provides opportunities for education on issues such as the impact of climate change on Nebraska, agricultural methods to respond to climate change from local experts and environmental justice impacts of climate change.
Previous speakers have included State Senators Patty Pansing Brooks and Megan Hunt, Director of the State Climate Office Martha Shulski and leaders on regenerative agriculture and environmental justice.
The Summit provides unique opportunities for young people to have conversations with elected officials and learn about methods of civic engagement from a variety of perspectives, including conservative policy ideas, engaging with one’s community, making intergenerational connections and advocating for Clean Energy for All.
We are excited to be holding
the Youth Climate Summit
After a couple year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are excited to holding the
Youth Climate Summit on Friday, October 7, 2022 at Innovation Campus in Lincoln!
KEYNOTE & GUEST SPEAKERS
Our keynote speaker will be Deke Arndt, chief climate scientist with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
We will also have a variety of guest presenters speaking on a variety of topics and a youth panel sharing about how youth leadership can make a difference.
Speakers and presenters include Nebraska Senator Anna Wishart (pictured below), Nebraska State Climatologist Martha Shulski (pictured below), and local youth climate leaders.
Highlights of the Day's Events
8:30 am - Check-in with breakfast treats and refreshments
9:00 am - The Summit opens with Indigenous Peoples Land Acknowledgement & Greetings from Young Leaders
*Keynote Address with following Q&A by Deke Arndt, chief climate scientist with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). (Pictured above)
*Presentation on Nebraska's Climate Planning Process with following Q&A by Martha Shulski (Nebraska State Climatologist, director of the Nebraska State Climate Office, and professor in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln). (Pictured to the right)
*An Environmental Justice Panel with activists and organizers.
12:00 pm - Catered lunch with policy makers' ideas for potential climate change solutions; including Senator Anna Wishart (pictured to the right), LES Board Member Chelsea Johnson, Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning.
*"How to Address Eco-Anxiety During the Climate Crisis" Psychiatrist Panel with Q&A following.
*"How Young People Can Make a Difference on Climate Issues" with a panel of Nebraskan Climate Change Youth Leaders.
*Climate Change Community Organizing Breakout Groups.
4:30 pm - March to the State Capitol for the Climate Strike beginning at 5:00 pm.
*Shuttles from Innovation Campus to the start of the march at the UNL Student Union provided.