A South Bend Climate Change Summit will take place on Saturday, October 11 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm., at Indiana University – South Bend, Wiekamp 1001 (off Mishawaka Ave.)
The public is invited to participate in this day-long event focusing on current and long-range impacts of climate change in Indiana. These Summits, held concurrently with similar events in at least five Indiana communities and dozens around the world, offer intensive educational opportunities for people to learn about the local impacts of climate change and to hone skills for effective action.
The morning schedule features keynote presentations of projects in the Michiana area and experts regarding the effects of climate change on each of the following aspects of Hoosier life: Ecosystems (John Shuey, Nature Conservancy), Public Health (Indra Frank, M.D.), Economy (Kenneth Richards, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IU), Faith Communities (Fr. Boniface Hardin, Founder and President Emeritus, Martin University), and Governance (Mayor James Brainard, City of Carmel, Indiana).
A webcast will also take place in concert with summits being held in cities all over the world.
In the afternoon, participants will attend one of three training workshops, each with a different focus for action:
– Cool Cities/Counties: local action to reduce global warming
– Indiana Public Policy: statewide action to create a green Indiana
– Electricity with Renewable energy: a Transition Plan for America.