Naming The Beast: Youth Climate Action

February 23, 2021 | 7 PM

Moderator

Brittni McGuire portrait

Brittni McGuire - Sustain UNL

Brittni is a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying fisheries & wildlife and urban forestry. During her time at UNL she has served as president of Sustain UNL, worked in the Office of Sustainability, and is now focused on advocating for the NU system to divest from fossil fuels. She believes deeply in the power of young people to be the drivers of change and progress on campus and in the Lincoln community.

Panelists

Steven Kirchner portrait

Steven Kirchner

Steven is an Assistant Wrestling Coach for Omaha North High School and coaches youth throughout the Omaha community. To Steven, his role as a coach is rooted in "supporting and developing people to put them in a position to be happy and successful." This mindset drives his passion at Our Climate for supporting young people to be in a position to win climate policy in places no one thought possible.

Steven began organizing with OC as a Field Rep during the Spring of 2018 while a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He graduated from UNL in May 2019 with a B.A. in History and joined the OC staff team as the National Field Coordinator in October 2019. His primary roles on staff are to lead the Nebraska Field program and support Field Reps in areas outside of OC’s primary target states.

Graham Christensen portrait

Graham Christensen

Founder of GC Resolve Company that helps farmers to adopt regenerative farming practices that can help to improve soil health and eventually participate in mitigations efforts to fight against climate change. He is a Nebraska farmer and firm believer in climate change, but he understands that most farmers in his area are not buying in the ideas around climate change. His company tries to teach farmers how to deal with the consequences of climate change first, instead of preaching them about climate change.

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Vivian Nguyen portrait

Vivian Nguyen

Vivian is a firm believer that small acts can make a lasting impact. During her tenure at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she pioneered several sustainability efforts that still stand today. She founded Sustain UNL, organized the first Earthstock, and served on the first committee for the ASUN Green Fund. The UNL she experienced as a freshman in 2010 was a drastic change from when she left with her master’s in 2018.

Vivian is now an international development practitioner for The Kaizen Company in Washington D.C. In her position, she assists the U.S. Agency for International Development to accelerate progress and prosperity in partner countries all over the world.

Nancy Kile portrait

Nancy Kile

My name is Nancy Kile, I am a sixty-two year old grandmother and an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, with white heritage. Two decades ago I became involved with sacred site protection while living in Sturgis, SD. In 2005, anticipating retirement, my husband of 38 years and I began to build Nebraska’s first Earthship inspired home in Sioux County, where I grew up. Reclaiming sustainable rural lifestyle meant I had to pay special attention to the protection of sacred waters within the Pine Ridge White River valley of northwest Nebraska. I am focused on solutions because industrial development sprawl in rural regions continues to have detrimental effects on human health and natural environments.