Wednesday is the 50th Earth Day. To mark the occasion, the Hoosier Environmental Council hosted a roundtable discussion with three environmental pioneers who once worked at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
They say we’ve come a long way to protect the Earth, but there’s still a long way to go.
Janet McCabe is director of the Indiana Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University and has worked for both IDEM and the Environmental Protection Agency in the past. She says the institute recently partnered with 14 cities and towns in the state to help them create greenhouse gas inventories — including mayors in conservative and rural areas.
McCabe says that shows that taking climate action does not have to be divisive — it can also have economic benefits for these cities.