"Those ongoing evaluations have included meetings with the likes of Carbon Neutral Indiana, a not-for-profit that wants to help develop and manage an Indianapolis carbon program." Full article.
Over the past two years we’ve helped 500+ Hoosier households measure their carbon footprints over the phone. Almost all say they feel worried, overwhelmed, and anxious about the issue.
This is particularly acute in young people we’ve engaged, contributing at least in part to a mental health crisis. The rate of suicide among people aged 10 to 24 increased nearly 60% between 2007 and 2018, according to the CDC. People are tired of feeling a lack of control and general despair. They are looking for specific, concrete climate solutions they can implement in their households, organizations, and cities.
Project Drawdown is the world’s leading resource for climate solutions. It’s a list of ways to reduce carbon emissions -- ranging from solar and wind to methane digesters and alternative cement -- ranked by efficacy. It lists which solutions will reduce the most carbon per dollar invested.
We started by narrowing down Drawdown solutions relevant to Indiana. Then we identified local NGOs and subject matter experts working on each solution. Finally, we hired a research assistant to interview Hoosiers who successfully implemented these solutions at the household, organizational, or city level.
The result will be 20-30 inspiring success stories of Hoosiers reducing carbon emissions.
In addition to these easily digestible stories:
The purpose of the book is to inspire, educate, and activate Hoosiers. Imagine a cross between Chicken Soup for the Soul, a directory, and a lot of how to guides.
There are six chapters correlating with the various Project Drawdown sectors. Each will describe the Drawdown solutions relevant to Indiana. Here is an outline of the book’s contents:
Once the book is complete in August, 2022, we will mail 3,000 copies to the following:
We are also hosting a kickoff event on August 31, 2022 at 6:30 pm eastern. The theme is, "Indiana's emerging climate economy."
We're raising $30,000 to distribute the book to Indiana's leaders. Learn more.
"When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too." - The Alchemist
Imagine you're the main speaker at a large event. Someone introduces you before you go up to speak. How do they introduce you in 75-100 words?
Harini Radhakrishnan is an incoming senior pursuing her major in Industrial Engineering, minor in Environmental Policy and Politics, and certificate of Data Science at Purdue University. Growing up in the Philippines put her at face with the consequences of climate change, and she has since been motivated to lead communities to combat climate change. She is currently a Climate Reporter for the Purdue Exponent, but was previously the President of Purdue Student Sustainability Council.
Why did you choose to do this internship?
I would like to pursue a career in geo data and climate change data analytics, and I believe the hard and soft skills this internship teaches me will be beneficial in my growth as an engineer and as an environmentalist.
CNI is igniting a leadership movement, and along the way we'll make sure Indiana becomes carbon neutral. What are three leadership traits you'd like to improve this summer? Define each in your own words and explain why you selected it.
What will you do this summer, specifically, to develop each of these three leadership traits?
If you had to pick a favorite fictional character like a superhero or an historical figure, which one would it be? Why?
Tintin! This old-school investigative journalist goes on adventures with his dog, Snowy, to uncover mysteries and solve crimes. He was one of the first heroes I loved as a child, and I'll always remember how much his curiosity, determination, and drive for justice stood out to me in the books.
Aristotle: "A vivid imagination compels the whole body to obey it." Napoleon Bonaparte: "Imagination rules the world." Albert Einstein: "Imagination is more important than knowledge." Penn Jillette: "The world is pretending the breakthrough is in technology, the bottleneck is really in art." To create the future together we need to rouse and nurture our imaginations. What can you imagine? What might we become and accomplish together this summer?
I imagine that we'll be able to create something which motivates, educates, and activates people all around Indiana to create environmental change both within the walls of their homes, and in their communities.
Thanks to Adrianna Farris for spending the past year organizing Eco Fest Fort Wayne! This year was much bigger than last year, with 70+ vendors and many hundreds of attendees.
We had meaningful conversations with many people -- including someone who helps their city's mayor with climate action planning, a representative of an international solar and wind developer, an architectural student, someone who uses fallen timber to create wooden products, and an anthropologist of religion.
Fifteen people signed up to measure their personal carbon emissions. We've done this free of charge for 500+ Hoosiers over the past two years, and we provide them with a graph of their emissions and ways to reduce them.
"Did you know that in the state of Indiana, with 6 million people, there’s just a handful of journalists covering the environment?
"The Made In Indy podcast is a collection of curated conversations from the rich landscape of artists, entrepreneurs, and creators of Indianapolis; that make the Circle City an amazing place to call home. We celebrate the Circle City, pay homage to its icons & hidden gems, and discover how they became Made in Indy." Link to podcast below.Read more
For over the past year, we've been hosting a working group to create Indy's first carbon offset project. It will protect urban forests. The IBJ wrote a story and editorial about this work. Links below.Read more