Do you want to know how Indiana’s climate is changing? Do you want to know how these changes will impact the Hoosier state and even closer to home, Parke and Vermillion counties? Does our climate change impact mosquito and tick populations, increasing the chance of more diseases with them? Will our farmers find it harder to get into the fields to plant and harvest? Will more frequent, and heavier rainfalls, along with increasing temperatures have an impact on our growing tourism business?
You can find the answers to these questions and more on Tuesday, March 17, 6:00 p.m., at the Purdue Extension Office, Parke County Fairgrounds, Rockville, when Climatologist Melissa Widhalm discusses results of the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment. Her presentation will include changes we can expect both in the near term, 2030’s, as well as more long term, 2050 and beyond. “For years, the images shown to us and the language we’ve used has made it really difficult for Hoosiers to see climate change as an urgent local issue. With the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment, we’re changing the conversation and helping Hoosiers understand the ways a shifting climate affects our day-to-day lives” said Widhalm. Widhalm is Operations Manager for the Purdue Climate Change Research Center and the coordinator for the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment, a statewide effort in collaboration with nearly one hundred experts. She further states, “The goal is to document the ways changing weather patterns will affect state and local interests. We want this assessment to provide baseline historical data and future predictions about key climate and water variables. This information will allow communities, business sectors and the state to determine vulnerabilities, and it will help people as they develop action plans for the future.”
This event is free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Parke-Vermillion Master Gardener Association. No RSVP is required. Contact Phil Cox, Purdue Extension - Vermillion County, at 765-492-5330 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Kurt Lanzone, Purdue Extension - Parke County at 765-569-3176 or email@example.com with any questions. Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.