Life expectancy, standard of living, infant mortality and just about every other measure of our global human and economic condition have improved over the past century.
But our progress has come at a cost: a planet choked by emissions from the use of fossil-fuel energy that has made that prosperity possible. The result is a climate changing across the globe and here in Indiana in ways that threaten our prosperity, our health, our economy and our environment.
The frightening forecasts can leave us feeling hopeless, or worse—apathetic. But a new survey by the Environmental Resilience Institute, part of the Grand Challenges program at Indiana University, shows Hoosiers are aware and they care. Eight out of 10 Hoosiers believe climate change is happening. Seventy-five percent support efforts to address its impact. And 65 percent are more concerned about climate change than they were five years ago.
Public engagement on the issue can’t come soon enough.