WEST LAFAYETTE — In advance of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Melissa Widhalm, the operations manager for the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, has been named a Hoosier Resilience Hero by Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI).
Widhalm is responsible for coordinating the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA), a series of scientific reports designed to help Hoosiers understand and prepare for the impacts of a changing climate. To increase dialogue about climate change impacts in Indiana, Widhalm frequently travels around the state to give presentations informing Hoosiers about what climate change is and specific ways it affects their daily lives. Because of her efforts, local governments, professionals and community members have a better understanding of how Indiana’s climate has already changed over the last century and the climate change risks facing Hoosier communities in the coming decades.
Hoosier Resilience Heroes are individuals and groups committed to ensuring a safe, healthy environment for their families, their neighbors and future generations. This year’s cohort includes professionals and volunteers dedicated to sustainable agriculture, flood control, clean energy, environmental justice, and other aspects of environmental protection and resilience.
“We affect our environment, and our environment affects us. Whether it is coronavirus, climate change or corn yields, we live in interconnected systems. The better we understand these connections, the more resilient we can become to protect our health, our communities and our economy,” said ERI Director Janet McCabe. “In my view, these people are true heroes. Their efforts are an example for every Hoosier who cares about the health and vitality of our state and planet.”
To learn more about ERI’s 2020 Hoosier Resilience Heroes go to: https://eri.iu.edu/who-we-work-with/residents/2020-hoosier-resilience-heroes.html
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