City officials and local activists partner to battle climate change in Terre Haute

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After a new resolution was approved by the Terre Haute City Council, the city will partner with a group of young environmental activists to combat climate change.

The resolution, drafted by the Environmental Activists For A Resilient Terre Haute, also known as the Earthlings, passed by a 7-1 vote.

The group has various members with ages that range from 11- 17.

Now, data will soon be collected to determine local emission levels through a greenhouse gas inventory method.

Once certain emission hot spots are detected, a resiliency plan will be created to combat them.

Earthlings member, Ahan Bahattharyya, says this is one step towards securing a safer Terre Haute.

“Climate change is our futures really. because were the ones who are going to have live into this world, its our kids, grandkids, and we want to leave the best world possible for them.” Bahattharyya said. “The time for action is now,”

Indiana State University will assist in determining local emission rates through a greenhouse gas inventory.

Graduate Assistant Sustainability Coordinator with ISU, Ashley Baysinger said this method will help ensure accuracy.

“Our hope with this inventory is just to determine our points of emissions so we can forward that and reduce those emissions for a greener Terre Haute,” Baysinger said.

The resolution also creates a sustainability commission compromised of various officials.

“The commission’s goal would be to create a resilient Terre Haute action plan. This plan would entail exactly how Terre Haute will battle climate specifically from city government.” Bahattharyya said

City Councilman Todd Nation voted in favor of this resolution. He adds it aligns with the city’s goal of continuous growth.

“The economy and public health, those are two areas of impact we need to be aware of. We need to be working on and we need to be planning on how to do better,” Nation said.

A suitability coordinator position will also be created, but it is yet to be determined if someone will be appointed or hired. City officials will determine the qualifications needed and salary at a later date.

The goal is to have a sustainability commission created by early 2022.

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