Young Hoosiers want climate change acknowledgement from state lawmakers. They were turned down.

Young Hoosiers want climate action, state lawmakers brush them off
Young Hoosiers want climate action, state lawmakers brush them off
Published: Apr. 7, 2022 at 10:17 PM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - A growing number of high school students in Indiana want state lawmakers to simply acknowledge the threat posed by climate change. Lawmakers have refused.

The response has infuriated but also motivated a group of soon-to-be voters, as a new report on climate change highlights the need to cut carbon emissions by half in less than a decade.

Earlier this year, students formed a group called “Confront the Climate Crisis.” The teens asked the General Assembly to formally acknowledge climate change as a serious problem for Indiana. Even though researchers from Indiana University and Purdue University have made clear the effects of climate change on Indiana will be significant, the legislative branch hasn’t acknowledged the problem.

Climate change is a politically inconvenient issue for many lawmakers who fear pushback from some voters and donors from the fossil fuel industry and adjacent sectors. But research shows the overwhelming majority of young people consider climate change to be their number one issue. ABC21 spoke with several of those students to understand their perspectives as Indiana’s lawmakers stay silent.

Young people in Indiana want lawmakers to declare climate change is a problem. They won't.

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