On Sept. 13, Mayor Greg Goodnight will join select mayors from around Indiana to take part in the second annual Climate Leadership Summit in Indianapolis. The event is co-convened by Carmel Mayor James Brainard and Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura. The non-partisan event will focus on how cities can do their part to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Mayor Goodnight will be a featured speaker before taking part in a panel of mayors sharing their local success stories. Last year’s Climate Leadership Summit took place on August 24 – the day Kokomo was hit by tornadoes. Mayor Goodnight will speak about how the 2016 tornados were a reality of climate change and how Kokomo has dealt with the aftermath.
“The late summer tornadoes last year brought the reality of climate change to our front door,” said Mayor Goodnight. “Dealing with climate change starts at the local level. We need to do our part to limit climate change, whether it is planting trees, investing in renewable energies or making changes to infrastructure. These efforts need to be community-based and they need to start with us.”
Other mayors taking part in the summit include Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Logansport Mayor David Kitchell, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, and Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton.
The summit will feature peer-to-peer conversations with discussions on climate change impacts on human health and city infrastructure.
The summit is being presented by Earth Charter Indiana, a nonprofit dedicated to spreading information and organizing efforts to fight climate change in the modern consumerist society.