The state of Kentucky, like many other states, is caught between a historically vital industry and a sustainable future. Coal is the way of the past and the industry has been engrained itself in Kentucky’s economy for centuries. However, with legislation like the Clean Power Act requiring a shift to renewable, sustainable resources, states are required to either comply with the new federal legislation, or come up with a tailored plan that helps the state to meet the required decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. When Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin indicated no intent in creating such a plan at the outset of his governorship last year, some locals took it into their own hands to come up with a plan that would allow the aspects of the past and the future to work in concert for a sustainable future. For more information on the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a grassroots coalition started to represent local special interests that is working towards this sustainable future, please visit: http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060044749
Parts of the local Indiana community have taken phrase think globally, act locally to a new level this October.
The local Indiana Green Movement has seen a lot of growth in the past few years, and to honor those who have contributed to this exciting development, the nonprofit Earth Charter Indiana along with Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne is hosting the Green Lights Celebration for Sustainable Indiana 2016. The event will take place October 28, 7 pm- 9 pm in the Auer Concert Hall on the Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne campus.
The celebration will showcase local ideas and innovations that have had positive impacts on sustainability in the northeast region of Indiana. Those who have had the most impact will be award Green Lights Awards to commend them for their contribution to sustainability in Indiana.
To add to the entertainment for the night, IPFW’s Music Department will be performing. Please join us on this delightful occasion to commemorate those who have done their part to make our world more sustainable.
Earth Charter Indiana is looking for Fort Wayne community members, especially youths ages 8-18, who are interested in working with us later this year on youth-led local initiatives for a healthier climate and environment. Their goal is to achieve city-wide action to cut fossil fuel emissions, reduce waste, and preserve natural resources by capturing the voices of concerned youths and supporting the missions of existing environmental organizations. The sustainability initiatives they pursue will be inspired by the work of youth in Oregon and the Indianapolis area, who have appealed to their city councils and governments about making sustainability a part of the city code, but they will also be uniquely designed for the needs of the Fort Wayne community and the interests of the youth who lead those efforts. The local contact for that effort is Tessa Horan, intern for Earth Charter Indiana. For more information, please reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.