IN CCIA March 2020 Newsletter
Stories of Change: Climate + Faith
For Carla Kilgore, simple living and caring for your neighbors are tenets of her faith that translate directly into caring for the environment.

“When you think of everyone as a neighbor, you ask if they need something to eat, if they have a safe and healthy environment to grow up in with safe water and a healthy climate to live in,” she explains. “It’s nice to pray — that’s good — but you have to do something to care for your neighbors, to be about the work of the church.”
In our newest installment of Stories of Change, Carla shares how faith inspires her household to do what they can to reduce their own contributions to climate change. From buying a modest home, to food and energy choices, Carla is trying to live out the best values of her faith so she can have a positive impact on her community, and the world.

Climate change is personal, affecting each of us in unique ways. #StoriesOfChange is an ongoing series from @PurdueCCRC that explores what #climatechange means in the day-to-day lives of Hoosiers & people living around the world. Climate change is personal, affecting each of us in unique ways. #StoriesOfChange is an ongoing series from @PurdueCCRC that explores what #climatechange means in the day-to-day lives of Hoosiers & people living around the world.
PCCRC Annual Report Now Available
For 15 years, the Purdue Climate Change Research Center has provided science-based, interdisciplinary research and analysis on the causes and consequences of climate change. Some highlights of the work done over the last year by our 90+ faculty affiliates, including a detailed review of the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment, can be found in the pages of the newly released 2019 PCCRC Annual Report.


At the heart of our work is a network of dedicated people—and every day we are inspired by the talent and expertise of our affiliated faculty, staff, students and alumni. We are grateful for the insights and contributions of our external partners. We are also thankful for the generosity of our supporters, whose commitment to the PCCRC allows us to continue doing the work.

Teaching Climate Change
What Educators Should Know and Can Do
Teaching about climate change is challenging, yet essential. In a recent article published in American Educator, Purdue professors Daniel Shepardson and Andrew Hirsch outline five critical topics that students should learn and that every adult should understand.

We've summarized these five topics on the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment "For Educators" webpage, but we encourage you to check out their (free) article in full. In it, Shepardson and Hirsch review students' understanding of climate change and barriers to teaching it, they elaborate on key concepts, and they provide pedagogical suggestions for integrating these concepts into classroom learning.


Last month we announced that the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, the Environmental Education Association of Indiana, and the Tippecanoe County Parks and Recreation Department are co-hosting a professional development workshop for formal and informal educators. This event has been rescheduled for September 25, 2020.

This hands-on training is FREE but space is limited. While we have reached capacity, we anticipate that with the new date some spaces may become available. We've started a waiting list. If you're interested in this training, please join the waiting list.
Are you putting IN CCIA information into action?
Thank you to everyone who has helped us get the IN CCIA reports and resources into the hands of people who can use them. Whether you're helping communities plan for the future, or working to reduce human influence on our climate, or applying this science in some other way, we want to hear how you've put the IN CCIA into action! Contact Us.
Upcoming Events
This is usually our busy time of year for hosting and participating in community events, but obviously this not a typical year. As everyone continues to respond to COVID-19, events are being rescheduled, postponed, canceled, or moved online. We're updating our Events page regularly to keep you informed of the latest changes.

Climate Facts

Did you know?

As temperatures warm in Indiana, university scientists say this will alter the timing of our seasons and associated events in nature (such as flower blooms, animal migration, and pest emergence).

According to the IN CCIA report Indiana's Past and Future Climate, "Indiana’s frost free season — in which the temperature continuously stays above 32°F — has been extended by an average of nine days beyond what it was in 1915. Eight of those have come in the spring and one in the fall." By mid-century, spring-like conditions across Indiana are expected to arrive about two weeks earlier than in the past.

So how is Spring 2020 progressing? According to the U.S. National Phenology Network (NPN), "spring leaf out continues to spread up the country, three to four weeks earlier than a long-term average (1981-2010) in some locations. Boston, MA and Providence, RI are 2-3 weeks early, Indianapolis, IN is 4 days early, Pueblo, CO is 1 week late, and Reno, NV is 1-2 weeks early."

The graphic below shows the Spring Leaf Index Anomaly (how much earlier or later leaf appearance is happening compare to the long-term average). Click here to see an animated image from January - March 2020. If you're interested in helping track the emergence of spring, check out Nature's Notebook citizen science project through the National Phenology Network.

Above graphic provided by the U.S. National Phenology Network.
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Led by the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment (IN CCIA) is a statewide effort that brings the best available climate change research together into a series of reports designed to help Hoosiers better understand climate change-related risks so they can prepare for challenges and capitalize on opportunities.
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