NewsPublic Affairs / February 7, 2017

School Kids Will Ask City To Get More Involved In Slowing Climate Change

School Kids Will Ask City To Get More Involved In Slowing Climate Change

A group of eco-minded school kids want the city of Indianapolis to get more involved in climate change. On Thursday they present a resolution to the Public Works Committee encouraging the city to reduce carbon emissions, increase energy efficiency and support more renewable energy use. 

Fifteen-year old year old Cora Gordon and members of  Youth Power Indiana have spent the last year working with council members to craft their Climate Recovery Resolution. 

"A lot of the time we talk about what is going to go into the resolution, what we are going to have in it, who we need to talk to, what kind of support we need," she says.

Twenty kids aged 8 thru 16 will give their personal reasons for supporting the measure.

“All of the testimonies will have something to do with this resolution and how it will benefit our future," Gordon says.  "Especially now in our recent political climate these kids are having a lot of troubles just dealing with some things so I think this resolution will be helpful to them and I think their testimonies will have a lot to do with that."

The Youth Power Indiana kids hope the resolution spurs the city to take real action. 

“Planting trees isn’t enough.  When the city council steps in the entire city has these rules we have to abide by, or work on," Gordon says. "Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more bus routes with Indy Go and we’ll be seeing a lot more recycling bins around and just all around a cleaner Indianapolis.”

Gordon hopes the resolution will be ready to go before the entire council at its March meeting. You can see and sign their petition at its website

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