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Upcoming Events: Climate Action Meeting

We Matter WalkClimate Action Meeting

All are welcome to the meeting at Augustana Lutheran Church on Saturday, December 7th, from 11:45am-2pm.

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Sustainability: Coal in North Omaha

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For more than a year, a small but vocal group of environmental and community activists has been pressing the Omaha Public Power District to stop burning coal at its North Omaha Station.

 They say that the 59-year-old plant, along the Missouri River a couple of miles south of the Mormon Bridge, is pumping out sulfur dioxide, mercury and other pollutants that they believe are linked to higher-than-average rates of asthma in northeast Omaha.

 OPPD says it has kept up with increasingly restrictive rules about pollution and doesn’t believe the plant can be linked to health problems. Call the OPPD board at 1-888-430-7789 and let them know that you want your power to come from affordable clean energy instead of dirty coal plants

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Upcoming Events: We Matter Walk: Our Climate, Our Future

We Matter Walk: Our Climate, Our Future

On Friday, April 26th from 3:30-6pm the CCSJ and GreenJays are hosting the We Matter Walk! The goal of this walk is to promote climate change awareness and to show that younger generations have a voice on the issue. Before the walk, there will be live music from Tom Breiding (a well known Bluegrass singer that has an environmental focus) as well as Creighton student bands. There will also be free food and drinks!!
The schedule of the afternoon is as follows:
3:30 Tom Breiding plays on lawn. Light food and beverages are served.
4:15-5:00 Creighton student bands
5:00 Gather in front of KFC. Begin walk. (We will head down Creighton’s Mall to 24th St., south on 24th to Dodge St., and west on Dodge St. to the Union Pacific building where we will turn around).
6:00 Finish walk at Creighton University
If you are interested in helping make posters/signs for the walk, come to the CCSJ this Friday, April 19th, from 4-5pm.
For more information, contact the GreenJays president Allie Clark at alexandriaclark@creighton.edu or Hannah Mullally at hannahmullally@creightonedu.

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Sustainability: Tell President Obama to join the conversation on climate!

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Tens of thousands of Americans have joined the conversation on climate, both online as well as in living rooms, in townhalls and churches, and at film screenings and rallies. The momentum is building, and there have been dozens of events in just the last few weeks. Ask the president to join the national conversation he helped start. Show him the tremendous energy of our movement, and invite him to lay out his process for moving forward on climate.

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Sustainability: Climate Action

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On February 17, nearly 50,000 Americans and 168 different organizations marched to the president’s front door to demand we go forward on climate action. This wasn’t just a one-time rally, but rather it was the beginning of a movement.
Now we need to show President Obama that those marchers represented millions of us across the country. There are three steps President Obama can take right now, without waiting on Congress, to start fulfilling his promise to lead on climate. It’s up to you to help him take those steps.
Call the White House today at (202) 456-1111 and tell them that, for the sake of our future, we need President Obama to: Stop Keystone XL and other tar sands infrastructure, enact strong standards to limit carbon pollution from our nation’s dirty power plants, and protect America’s lands from oil, coal, and fracking. If the line is busy, keep trying! Help keep track of our united progress by reporting your call here!

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A Green Initiative

By: Andi Hinnenkamp

Father Schlegel signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2010 and Fr. Lannon will now carry on this commitment. Considering that over 600 schools’ presidents signed the initiative, it is not a big surprise that Creighton, as a Jesuit institution, was one of the signatories. What is surprising about this initiative is how few people even know that Creighton is signed on to it, with a goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050.  That’s what this past Tuesday, September 25’s Green Bag lunch was all about. For a few days, two employees from the Brendle Group traveled around Creighton, displaying the findings they have about Creighton’s resource consumption, specifically sources of energy.

The reason why more people need to be educated on this initiative is not only because it is awesome, but because our school, along with many others, will be a leader in the United States, setting an example for other institutions that need to react to climate change. Most importantly, though, people need to know that this will mean some lifestyle changes for everyone on campus, specifically because the plan includes the amount of energy used by those who commute to Creighton every day as an energy expense by the university. In this case, there will need to be some deliberate changes on the part of everyone that works or studies at Creighton. Regardless of personal opinions of these lifestyle changes, it will be a great chance for the university to help everyone learn what personal effect they have on the climate. This also means that the university will do as much as it can to become climate neutral, but that everyone at Creighton will have to accept the initiative as well. What an exciting initiative Creighton has signed onto, it is great to see such a big institution stand up to do all it can to help our environment.

 

The CCSJ blogs are meant to be a place for Creighton students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and friends to reflect on their experiences with programs sponsored by the office or related to its mission. The views expressed in these reflections, and all other blogs found on or linked to from this website, are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of Creighton University, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ), or any of the University’s affiliates. The University and the CCSJ are not responsible for the actions, content, accuracy, or opinions expressed in these blogs.


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