This week and next will continue to be busy for environmental and community groups calling attention to issues that didn’t make the Legislature’s agenda this session.
On March 19, the student-led Confront the Climate Crisis campaign will hold an in-person meeting at the statehouse in Indianapolis to confront the climate emergency. The meeting will cap off a week of events that include a day of using reusable products, collecting compostable items and making one’s own compost, and signing climate-based petitions and calling legislators.
Speakers will begin at 3:30 p.m. EST, and the event will also be livestreamed. Masks are required, and registration is recommended. Attendance will be capped because of health department regulations.
On March 23, Hoosier Action is holding a socially-distanced vigil and call to action, also at the statehouse. Hoosier Action is an independent community, member-led organization.
Hoosier Action member April Lapossa will attend the event. Last year, Lapossa was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that she believes is attributed to environmental issues in Martinsville.
“The House Environmental Affairs Committee didn’t meet a single time this session to discuss the 13 bills that involved our environment. State Rep. Gutwein stated that lawmakers are being more deliberate in hearing only legislation that is critically important to pass, and as the state ranked among the highest when it comes to pollution, it should be considered critically important to discuss these bills,” said Lapossa.
This event will also be livestreamed.