November 2022 Newsletter


Here are some green updates and events:

Raging Siren
This is from a recent climate conversation with friends:

Ron (Engineer): Alaska canceled king and snow crab seasons due to population collapse. Average temps in Indiana increased +1.6 degrees F (51.5 F to 53.1 F) over the past 70 years (1950 to 2020).  During this same period, average temps in Alaska increased +5 degrees F which has changed the ecosystems in Alaskan fisheries. A similar loss of food supply is happening on land due to heat and shifting precipitation patterns. California wells are drying up.  The USDA announced $1 billion in debt relief for 36,000 farmers.  This was predicted by Carl Sagan in 1985 (37 years ago).  

Lynn (Restaurant Business): Being in the restaurant business, I can attest to these shortages. On a local scale, we had problems getting baker potatoes because of the drought and heat in Idaho. Currently we cannot get corn starch from our suppliers, even grocery stores do not have it on their shelves. These are not transportation issues, which we have faced during the pandemic, but climate issues hurting agriculture. 

Jennifer (Scientist):  Yes, this is a major tipping point, extremely depressing, but a raging siren for action.

Here are some things we can do…

In order to build sustainable and resilient communities, we need to elect candidates who prioritize these issues. Voters for a Green Indiana is a nonpartisan volunteer organization that provides voters with an unbiased review of the candidates’ views, voting record, and campaign contributions related to clean energy, clean air, clean water and climate change.  You can find easy-to-use comparisons of the candidates here.

Green Your Holiday Shopping
On Thurs, Dec. 1, 1:30-7 p.m. join us at the newly renovated Carmel Clay Public Library for the Green Gift Shop to green your holiday shopping.  Local businesses will showcase green gifts for family and friends that are local, organic, natural, recycled, reused or repurposed. It’s a great way to make your holiday a little greener and earth-friendly.  Read more.

Solar Conference
Solar is a key climate solution – everyone should have some!!! On Sat. Dec. 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. join Solar United Neighbors at Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate Junior High School (Fishers) for the 2022 Indiana Solar Congress.  The conference will provide information about the status of solar in Indiana and how Hoosiers can work together toward better solar policies so everyone can have some. Attendees will also be able to tour the school’s large solar facility, weather permitting. The conference is free and open to the public, lunch is provided.  Read more and RSVP.

Easy Ways to Go Green
Here’s how to calculate your household carbon footprint and some easy ways to go green.

Thanks again for all you do to build a more beautiful, healthy and sustainable community.

Leslie Webb
Carmel Green Initiative 
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