Residents of Evansville are less likely to believe the climate is changing, and if it is, that humans are the cause, when compared to most of the rest of the state, according to an Indiana University survey.
The survey was conducted by IU's Environmental Resilience Institute between August and December 2019. It includes many of Indiana's most populated metropolitan areas, including Evansville.
Although 75 percent of Hoosiers across the state responded that they believed climate change is occurring, just 68 percent of Evansville residents surveyed said they believed climate change is happening, while 22 percent of Evansville residents thought human activities were the cause. That compares to 34 percent statewide.
Only the South Bend-Mishawaka area had fewer residents than Evansville who believed the climate is changing. By comparison, residents in larger metropolitan areas such as Northwest Indiana, closer to Chicago, and New Albany-Jeffersonville, part of the Louisville area, showed more belief that climate change is happening and that humans are causing or partly causing it.