To the Editor:

Extinction Rebellion is kicking off their international actions on April 15. There are no events anywhere near here scheduled.

As a resident of Scottsbluff for a year now, I am disheartened by the lack of dialogue about a predicament that will impact all of us: climate change. Floods, like the one that devastated eastern Nebraska, will continue to plague this state; further impacting farmers, crops, and livestock. By failing to look at what’s causing these historic storms, we are letting down the people and communities we love.

Community resilience plans are springing up across the United States. We need one here, too. This problem will not go away by choosing not to look at it.

The time is now to start planning for the impacts of climate change. The time is now for a new narrative on how we live and what it means to be human. The time is now for all of us to participate in Extinction Rebellion actions. The fate of our species depends on it.

Laura Schmidt


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