So you want to make a difference? Look here for action alerts, opportunities to benefit, and calls for help from our members.
Covid-19 and climate change:
- IU’s Environmental Resilience Institute asks an ecosystem researcher and a public health expert: “Communicable Diseases and Environmental Change – Is there a Connection?” (livestreamed May 13, to be archived here).
- Emily Atkins releases 6 HEATED podcast interviews with experts discussing multiple connections between the two crises. Download for free here.
- Climate change deniers morph into Covid data skeptics; IU professors Vigdor and Londergan debunk them here.
- Common thread: What opportunities does this crisis give us?
One Good Reason for Hope:
Madi Hirschland, executive director of Creation Care Partners, finds that “Our responses to COVID 19 inspire great hope concerning our potential to respond to the crisis for God’s Creation. Clearly, when we know that our neighbors’ lives depend on it, we can make huge changes with great speed.”
Alerts & Opportunities:
- Apply for an Indiana Solar for All grant of a solar system; some assembly required. More info here.
- Zoom in to a Solarize Bloomington session. Learn about the high-value, low-hassle way to go solar. Next sessions May 28 and June 16. Register here.
- Before you vote, check with the CSIU Candidates’ Forum on Science and Public Policy. 7 out of 8 candidates for the 9th Congressional District seat (all but the incumbent) answer questions developed by Concerned Scientists at IU.
- CSIU also started a calling campaign. Please ask Rep. Hollingsworth to support funding for the World Health Organization. Details here.
- Sign a petition asking IU administration to go carbon neutral by 2030. It has already collected over 1,500 signatures. Details here.
- City of Bloomington: IU Geography students assess energy affordability across socio-economic levels; make policy recommendations to City sustainability director for vulnerable populations.
- Earth Care has been meeting at our regular time, 4th Tuesdays at 4:30, via Zoom. Anyone interested can email us at contact@EarthCareIndiana.org. Our recently revised Task of the Month posters, based on our High Impact Energy Savings research and posters, are available on our website.
- SIREN helps Solarize Evansville as Vectren files to end net metering.
- At-large reports: Changes in the energy sector due to Covid-19 and climate change