Mark Reynolds of Citizens Climate Lobby to Keynote 2012 Annual Peace Conference

With the state suffering through the worst drought on record (worse even than the “Dust Bowl” of the 1930s), Nebraskans are getting a personal initiation into the perils of climate change. Production agriculture in the Midwest is facing its poorest harvest in decades and worries are growing that—without massive snowfall this winter to replenish soil moisture—next year could be even worse. Skepticism about the science of global warming is being hourly supplanted by fears that climate change is already upon us and that our politicians in Washington aren’t providing any leadership.

Good thing, then, that the featured speaker for the 2012 Annual Peace Conference October 20 is a globally recognized expert at mobilizing citizens to lobby elected officials on climate legislation. Mark Reynolds, executive director of the “Citizens Climate Lobby,” will deliver the keynote address entitled, “Finding Our Voice in Democracy: Our Best Chance at Preventing Catastrophic Climate Change.”

Reynolds has extensive background in bringing citizens and officeholders together to find common ground on energy, environment and public policy. That face-to-face communication is central to the Citizens Climate Lobby’s mission of ending America’s reliance on carbon-based fuels. CCL’s proposed ‘fee and dividend’ policy would assess a progressively rising fee on fossil fuels at the border or domestic source and return the money directly to consumers to offset the increased energy costs. The higher price of oil, coal and natural gas, in turn, would make clean renewable energy sources like wind and solar competitive in the marketplace, propelling us toward a ‘green economy’ while simultaneously reducing the dangers of climate change. (For more information, see: )

This year’s Annual Peace Conference is again being co-sponsored the University of Nebraska-Omaha Grace Abbott School of Social Work, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary. It couldn’t be more fitting then that the 2012 conference (at Trinity United Methodist Church, 5th & Elm Streets in Grand Island) is being held in the hometown of the School of Social Work’s namesake, Grace Abbott, who was a nationally renowned advocate for children and immigrants in the early part of the 20th century.

Early registration for the 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. conference is $30 per person (if you register by October 17) and $35 at the door. A $10 rate for students and low-income individuals is also available. Registration forms can be requested from the NFP State Office or downloaded here. Breakfast and lunch are included in the cost.

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October 10th 2012

Mark Welsch - Call Brittany at 402-475-4620, in the NFP office between 10 am and 2 pm for more information and to register by phone.