State and local governments, businesses and citizens from around the world are gathering this week for the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. Lou Leonard is the Senior Vice President for the Climate & Energy Program through the World Wildlife Federation and says Nebraska and other parts of the Midwest are game changers when it comes to global warming, energy conservation and generation.
Leonard says, “The role of wind in Nebraska and Iowa is a huge part of the local economy and you will see a lot of the wind industry represented here. Another big part of the conversation this week is going to be about food. Climate is really affected by the amount of food that we waste. We waste about half of the food that we grow in the United States and that produces a ton of greenhouse gases emissions when the food decomposes and all the energy we waste making food that no one eats. That is going to be center stage in this conversation and that is going to be really good for parts of the country that is our bread basket.”
Leonard says individuals can also make a big difference. Nebraskans are asked to buy only what they will eat to reduce food waste. Those looking for a new car should consider a hybrid or an electric vehicle. Electricity is also a big part of the climate challenge. Leonard says, “Tapping into that wind power that Nebraska and Iowa are producing for us. Calling your utility and say you want to switch to clean energy.”
The Global Climate Summit starts today, September 12th and runs through the 14th.