Two statewide surveys have been released in just the last month that give an inside look at how Hoosiers feel about the environment and climate change.
The takeaway: They care.
These surveys — one by Indiana University and the other by the Arizona State University Morrison Institute on behalf of the Nina Mason Charitable Trust — come as wildfires rage along the west coast, hurricanes and tropical storms batter in the southeast, and floods have ravaged the Midwest in recent years.
In response to the surveys, IndyStar hosted a discussion with four experts to discuss climate change, air and water pollution, energy policy and the role of government in protecting the environment.
- Jeff Dukes, director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center.
- Jesse Kharbanda, executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council.
- Jill Hoffmann, executive director of the White River Alliance.
- Janet McCabe, director of the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute and a former EPA official.