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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.

"The city of West Lafayette has always been known as a leader in the state when it comes to being good stewards of our environment. From recycling to water conservation, we are honored to be a community who puts our planet first. Our newest challenge is how we will deal with the critical issue of climate change.

The West Lafayette city council will be considering a resolution to get the local ball rolling on how we as a city can work to reduce our carbon footprint. Working closely with data from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) at Purdue University, we were able to craft language with goals and objectives, based on academic research, that will serve as a baseline to lessen the level of toxins being released into our environment and to minimize our carbon footprint."

--John Dennis, Mayor, West Lafayette

"FEMA mandates that all state hazard mitigation plans address climate change and its impacts on individuals and communities. The IN CCIA helped the Indiana Department of Homeland Security with ranking our natural hazards and developing risk-based strategies, allowing us to develop mitigation projects that will build the State’s resiliency."

--Torrey Glover, State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Indiana Department of Homeland Security

"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 change data from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment and discussions produced via the annual Climate Leadership Summit have raised Indiana awareness on a variety of things from utility costs to growing seasons and preparedness for greater extremes that are evident now. These will be more pronounced in 2050 and beyond, and that’s the conversation starter for more urgent actions than are currently being undertaken by the public and private sectors."

--Dave Kitchell, Mayor, Logansport

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. Student and youth organizer Iris O'Donnell Bellisario explains why she's passionate about fighting climate change and the unique ways she's spreading awareness about this important topic.

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