TAKE ACTION | Build Public Pressure to End Bombing

The following email is from our national Peace & Justice affiliate Peace Action. Please take a moment to read about the survey they took and then take a moment to write a letter to YOUR editor!

Last week, we surveyed our online supporters on how Peace Action should respond to the crisis in Syria and Iraq. We asked for an assessment of the situation and the most important immediate steps to take to build a visible, vibrant opposition to the war in Syria and Iraq.

After one month of the bombing in Syria, the results confirm the importance of maintaining a steady stream of letters to the editor in local and online press to argue for a way out of the crisis. Two thirds of respondents said that media activism and public education are priorities.

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Pentagon Signals Security Risks of Climate Change

By Coral Davenport
October 13, 2014
The New York Times 

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Monday released a report asserting decisively that climate change poses an immediate threat to national security, with increased risks from terrorism, infectious disease, global poverty and food shortages. It also predicted rising demand for military disaster responses as extreme weather creates more global humanitarian crises.

The report lays out a road map to show how the military will adapt to rising sea levels, more violent storms and widespread droughts. The Defense Department will begin by integrating plans for climate change risks across all of its operations, from war games and strategic military planning situations to a rethinking of the movement of supplies.

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WATER AND PEACE: Is Peace Possible in an era of Diminishing Water Supplies?
Annual Peace Conference to Focus on Water Issues

Water is so essential for life that wars have been fought over it. And the accelerating pace of climate change all but guarantees that conflicts over water resources will become more frequent, widespread and intense. Even Nebraska, which sits atop one of the largest fresh-water aquifers in the world, is not exempt from this social and economic tension, as evidenced by the ongoing dispute in the Republican River basin.

Our increasingly precious water resources will be the subject of the keynote presentation entitled “Water and Peace: Is Peace Possible in an Era of Diminishing Water Supplies?” at the 2014 Annual Peace Conference in Lincoln Saturday, October 4. A panel of four individuals will provide an overview of Nebraska’s current water supply and use, projections for future availability, the social and economic impact of water (and food) shortages both here and internationally, and possible local and state initiatives to address this looming peril.

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Six Steps Short of War to Beat ISIS

September 10, 2014
The Progressive
By Phyllis Bennis

The following article from The Progessive is by political analyst Phyllis Bennis. She was the keynote speaker at the Nenraskans for Peace's Annual Peace Conference in 2009. Don't forget to register TODAY for the 2014 Annual Peace Conference coming up on October 4.

President Obama is right: There is no military solution.

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UNL Climate Study Report Release

Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska

The following email is from State Senator Ken Haar, who will be speaking at the Nebraskans for Peace Annual Peace Conference on October 4, 2014.

Last year, the Legislature passed my bill, LB 583, requiring a study of climate change in Nebraska. The University of Nebraska (UNL) stepped up to produce the scientific study. On Sept. 25, the study report will be released as part of the Heuermann Lecture Series – an annual series hosted by UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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