Green Bellevue March Program: "Climate Change: Science and Solutions"

posted Feb 27, 2018, 8:05 AM by Brittany Dabestani   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 8:11 AM ]


  Sunday, March 11, 2018
   1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

   Nebraska Medicine - Bellevue
   2500 Bellevue Medical Center Road, Bellevue, NE
   Lower Level, Conference Room A

Guest SpeakersJohn Pollack, Meteorologist & Environmental Activist, Kay Carne, Co-Leader of Citizens' Climate Lobby in Omaha, Matthew Gregory, Clean Energy Advocate for Nebraska Wildlife Federation

Our climate is warming and the signs are becoming more evident every year, but what exactly is happening and what's to be done? Join Green Bellevue for a clear explanation of the science of climate change, learn about its impacts, and find out where we are headed with global emissions. Then explore what actions can be taken individually and collectively to limit the effects of climate change, including bipartisan policy solutions and Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation. Hear how Nebraskans are already working to cut greenhouse emissions with the 'Husker Power Plan.' The time to act is now! 

Following this program, you are invited to join in an interactive Q&A session. Green Bellevue meetings are free and open to the public, so invite your friends!

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Speaker Bios:

John Pollack is a meteorologist (B.S. Penn State, M.S. Univ. of Wisconsin), a member of several environmental organizations, and a resident of Omaha since 1978. He was a forecaster in the National Weather Service for 31 years. He continues to be active in climate change issues, as well as keeping up with current research. His other interests include bicycling, gardening, and cooking.

Kay Carne is a volunteer Co-Leader of Citizens' Climate Lobby in Omaha and a stay at home Mom for four wonderful children. She has a Masters Degree in Natural Resources & the Environment from University of Michigan, with a focus on Environmental Policy & Politics. Prior to staying home with the children she worked at Verdis Group in Omaha, helping the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, OPS, Nebraska Medicine and others with their sustainability initiatives. Prior to "going green," Kay was a CPA and accounting consultant in the Financial Services practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York and San Francisco for more than a decade. Kay grew up in Omaha, graduated from Omaha North, and received B.S. from Georgetown University, as an Accounting major and Economics minor.   

Matt Gregory, originally from Omaha, has been working on clean energy and climate change issues with Nebraska Wildlife Federation since July, and on and off for three years with Nebraska Farmers Union. With the January release of the Husker Power Plan, a state clean energy plan for Nebraska, he has been promoting and presenting the plan throughout the state. Last year he was part of the intervenor legal challenge to the Keystone XL pipeline, and recently, he led a caravan to Kansas City to testify against the repeal of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. He attended the COP 21 climate change negotiations in Paris, the COP 15 negotiations in Copenhagen, and has been working on, organizing and educating about climate change issues for over a decade. He was appointed to the Community Gardens Task Force, a committee that made recommendations to the Legislature on how to expand community gardens in Nebraska. He attended Creighton Prep and graduated from Northwest, and received a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He previously taught English for eleven years, nine of them in Prague, Czech Republic. He has lived in Lincoln in the Hawley Hamlet, a community garden / urban farm, for the past three years and enjoys traveling in his free time.