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The Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) puts global change into local perspective, helping Hoosiers understand the risks of a changing climate so they can make better decisions for the future. To further these goals, and to support increased dialogue about Indiana’s changing climate, we've developed a variety of resources for you.

"I teach at a local school and have been looking at curriculum options that will give 8th graders the opportunity to research past temperatures and explore climate change using real data. Textbook curriculum has nothing on this, so I have been scouring the internet. I am thrilled to have found IN CCIA's easy to use information & website. It gives direct data for Indiana, so my students have a vested interest."

—Maribeth Holland, science teacher

"IN CCIA is our number one resource to educate literally every sector of Indiana’s population. We find the reports especially useful when working with youth and when engaging municipal leaders, like mayors, on climate solutions. Purdue’s trusted reputation ensures people will listen, and PCCRC’s rigorous scientific findings, while sobering, clarify our coming challenges."

-- Jim Poyser, Executive Director, Earth Charter Indiana

"Indiana’s Past & Future Climate has been an essential tool for the City of South Bend’s Sustainability Office as we begin to plan for climate change. It’s quite valuable to have St. Joseph County-specific projections when discussing practical local actions related to climate change. The information is accessible, visual, and easy-to-use, with a clear basis in science and a rigorous process."

--Therese Dorau, Director, Office of Sustainability, South Bend

Climate Conversations in the Hoosier State

Through dozens of webinars, conferences and community gatherings around the state, last year we engaged over 3,000 Hoosiers in conversations about Indiana's changing climate.

Using localized information from the IN CCIA, we are talking about the range of risks facing our state depending on how quickly our climate warms. Our goal is to help Hoosiers understand the specific ways climate change affects us here at home so we can make better plans for a productive future.

Contact us (pccrc@purdue.edu) if you're interested in having an IN CCIA affiliate speak at your next event.

What do Hoosiers think about climate change?

%
think climate change is mostly caused by human activities
%
think climate change will harm them personally
%
discuss climate change at least occasionally

Source: Yale Climate Opinion Maps, 2018

“For years, the images shown to us and the language we’ve used has made it really difficult for Hoosiers to see climate change as an urgent local issue. With the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment, we’re changing the conversation and helping Hoosiers understand the ways a shifting climate affects our day-to-day lives.”

-- Melissa Widhalm, IN CCIA Coordinator

Stories of Change

Climate + Birds

A warming climate is altering the migration patterns of Midwestern birds. Wildlife ecologist and life-long bird watcher Barny Dunning shares his thoughts on the changes he’s seen over the last 20 years in Indiana.

Climate + Youth

Young Hoosiers are concerned about their future. Purdue student and youth organizer Iris O'Donnell Bellisario explains the source of her passion to fight climate change and the unique ways she's spreading awareness about this important issue.

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