Carmel Green Initiative event to address climate change

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Carmel Green Initiative will present a sustainable living seminar, titled “National & International Perspective on Climate,” at 6:30 p.m. May 22 at the Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 4th Avenue SE. 

Mayor Jim Brainard will offer insights from his travels to climate conferences around the world.

“I’ll be discussing what it takes to make a city resilient,” he said. “We’re doing everything we can to make our make quality of life higher in Carmel. That includes paying attention to air quality and water quality. And of course, those are both good now, but we want to keep it that way.”

Brainard also will talk about the city’s plans for higher rainfall totals.

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“I’ll also discuss how we’re preparing the city to handle increased flooding and more intense storms with higher amounts of rainfall,” he said. “We’re having to change how we design our stormwater systems to handle more intense flooding, which seems to be happening with the changing climate.”

Greg Kempf with Citizens Climate Lobby will provide an update on legislation in Congress and talk about how putting a price on carbon would work.

“CCL is a large organization where the vast majority of members are volunteers who are interested in, and advocating for, solutions to the climate change issues we’re dealing with now,” Kempf said.

CCL advocates for The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

“We create long-term relationships with legislators both in the (U.S.) Senate and the House,” Kempf said. “Our team develops long-term relationships with the staff. We go over the science of climate change, the studies that have been done and the models that have been built around the original carbon fee and dividend.”

The seminar is free to attend and registration is not required. For more, visit carmelgreen.org.

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