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Published on November 17th, 2012 | by Kyle Wolfe

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Environmental Advocates Gather in Indy

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The Hoosier Environmental Council is hosting its fifth annual Greening the Statehouse at the University of Indianapolis, December 1, from 8:30 to 3:30.

Indiana’s largest gathering of environmental advocates will put a spotlight this year on climate change and the ways in which it will impact quality of life, jobs, and the country’s economic growth.  Nationally known meteorologist Paul Douglas, will deliver the keynote address. He will share his journal from skeptic to someone convinced in human contributions to climate change. Douglas will provide critical insight into this major environmental issue from a meteorological perspective.

“Climate change will affect Indiana’s water supplies, as well as our agriculture, forestry, and recreational sectors in the years to come.  Because its impact will affect Hoosiers across the political spectrum, it’s our hope,” says Jesse Kharbanda, Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, “that Paul Douglas’s visit will help steer the conversation in Indiana about climate change beyond partisan lines.”

After Douglas’s keynote address, the Forum will follow with panels of legislators and policy-makers who will address some of Indiana’s most important environmental improvement opportunities, including public transit, clean energy jobs and environmental justice.  The event will close with an interactive discussion about community engagement by advocates across the state, along with students from several Indiana universities and colleges.

The Hoosier Environmental Council’s 2012 Greening the Statehouse Forum is a day of learning and engagement about Indiana’s most pressing environmental issue. The event will be held at the University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Student Center – UIndy Hall, on Saturday, December 1 with the keynote speech at 9:30 am.

“Regardless of whether someone’s environmental interest lies in climate change, clean water, public transit, or all of the above, attendees to our Forum will learn how to more effectively speak on the issues, and in turn, be able to have a greater impact for improving our environment in Indiana.”Registration for Greening the Statehouse is $20 general admission and $10 for students. To register, visit http://www.hecweb.org/2012/09/28/save-the-date/

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