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Sen. Rick Kolowski

Sen. Rick Kolowski

District 31

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PRESS RELEASE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: 1/10/2020

 

CONTACT: Adolescent Community, (402)-470-1235, adolescents@prairiehill.com

Senator Rick Kolowski Introduces a Resolution into the Legislature Written by Middle  Schoolers about the Climate Crisis.

Senator Rick Kolowski will submit a resolution about the climate crisis in the Nebraska Legislature. The resolution was researched and written by a group of students ages 11 to 14 from Prairie Hill Learning Center, a school near Roca, Nebraska. The students currently have seven senators agreeing to co-sign the resolution. They’re getting the co-signers signatures on Friday, January 10th at the state Capitol.

“Scientists are in agreement that climate change will significantly harm our planet. We need to start fixing our mistakes for our future generations,” stated Conor Willeke, age 14. 

The students’ resolution is asking the Legislature to acknowledge that we are in a “climate and ecological crisis caused by humans” and that “the Legislature has a moral obligation to combat the climate and ecological crisis.”  Senator Kolowski declared,“My generation and our national leadership has failed to acknowledge and address climate change in a meaningful way. A group of local middle school students, however, are paying attention and are doing something about it. They are exercising their right as citizens of our state to voice their concerns in weekly protests and in the language of this legislative resolution. It is with great pride that I introduce this resolution on their behalf.” 

“This is our future and we need to stand up for it. We can’t just wait around and let people in power ignore what’s happening,” said Clio Baird, age 11.

Since September 20th the group of middle schoolers have been regularly striking down at the capitol along with local college and high school students. The middle schoolers go down for an hour every Friday to strike as a part of their weekly routine. The school strikes were inspired by 17-year old Greta Thunberg and the Friday for Futures movement. 

“According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change we only have 11 years left to deal with this problem before the worst effects of climate change are unalterable. We need to take this opportunity to fix the problem that, whether you like it or not, we all took part in causing,” stated Lane Albrecht, age 12. 

“The passion and leadership of these students is absolutely inspiring. The Nebraska Legislature should definitely take the time to listen to them,” said Senator Kolowski.

Prairie Hill Learning Center

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Sen. Rick Kolowski

District 31
Room #1018
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2327
Email: rkolowski@leg.ne.gov
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