“Host Kathy Sipple, together with Jim Poyser from Earth Charter Indiana, speak with Highland residents and volunteers, Alex Bazan and Connie Wachala about their organizing efforts around this pioneering region-wide effort. Connie Wachala, along with several other region residents attended last year’s Climate Leadership Summit, hosted by Earth Charter Indiana. Encouraged by the resources she learned about, Connie began planning a Climate Action Blitz in Highland, Indiana on February 15, 2020. 65 northwest Indiana residents from 13 communities attended the event. Based on momentum from the blitz, a group formed, calling themselves NWI Region Resilience.
Their primary focus at this point it to urge the region to join Indiana University’s 2021 Resilience Cohort and to conduct a region-wide greenhouse gas emissions inventory to get a baseline measurement the region can use as a basis for planning in the future.