Study: Majority of Hoosiers believe climate change is happening

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WTHR) – In honor of Earth Day, Indiana University is sharing a survey that shows Hoosiers' views on climate change.

The new statewide survey, as part of the Indiana University Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative, surveyed just over 1,000 Indiana residents to gauge the public's opinion on climate change.

The study found that 80 percent of Indiana residents believe that climate change is happening. The study also showed that three out of every four Hoosiers support efforts to address the impact of climate change.

“These survey results suggest that Hoosiers know we must act now to protect the environment we have, while we have it,” said Janet McCabe, assistant director of policy and implementation for IU’s Environmental Resilience Institute and a former assistant administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “As we continue to experience the consequences of a changing climate—historic flooding, record-setting cold—the challenge is hitting close to home. That’s especially true for a pillar of our state’s economy: our farmers and all of us who depend on them for our food.”

The IU Grand Challenge is helping to fund a team of about 120 researchers who are working to predict the short- and long-term impact of climate change as well as identifying best practices and gathering the information that lawmakers need to make smart, effective decisions.

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