Fall colors in Brown County State Park. Photo by Rodney Margison

Editor’s note: The following is a press release from the League of Women Voters. Bloom is publishing it here in its entirety with minor edits for style and clarity.

The League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County and the South Central Indiana Chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby will hold a nonpartisan virtual forum on climate change Thursday, October 8, from 6:30–8 p.m.

“An increasing number of Hoosiers, especially those whose lives and livelihoods are impacted by weather, are alarmed about changes in our climate that they have been experiencing and are eager to learn what they can do to prevent conditions from worsening,” says League of Women Voters President Ann Birch.

Free and open to the public, the forum will take place via Zoom and is designed to be an informative discussion that will offer an opportunity to learn how to take action on climate change. It will answer participants’ questions about both climate change and possible large-scale solutions and will suggest what participants can do to help implement these solutions.

Three panelists will present brief opening remarks, after which the audience will be placed in small Zoom breakout rooms where they can formulate questions for the panel with the help of a discussion facilitator. When the attendees reconvene, Birch, as moderator, will pose as many of these questions as possible to the panel. The forum will end with the panelists’ suggestions about how participants can take action.

Panelists will be: Indiana University–Bloomington Associate Professor Kim Novick,  an environmental scientist specializing in the impacts of climate change in Indiana and beyond; Professor Ken Richards, an economist and expert on climate change policy with a focus on carbon pricing and the implementation of carbon taxes; and Marcia Veldman, founder and state coordinator of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby in Indiana and originator of Green Drinks Bloomington.

Due to the nature of the Zoom format, there is a limitation on how many participants can be accommodated. Those who plan to attend are asked to pre-register at https://www.lwv-bmc.org/climate.