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Whalen honored as Hoosier Resilience Hero
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Whalen honored as Hoosier Resilience Hero

“These individuals are making an important difference every day in Indiana,” said Environmental Resilience Institute director Ellen Ketterson. “In my view, they are true heroes.”

Sierra Club — “Out-of-state coal interests are funding a battle to keep Indiana coal plants from closing”
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Sierra Club — “Out-of-state coal interests are funding a battle to keep Indiana coal plants from closing”

“Suffering a major blow at the federal level, with the election of Donald Trump, it comes as no surprise that many anti-coal groups, like the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, have shifted major resources toward state and local initiative.”

Sierra Club — “Indiana House defeats proposed moratorium on new power plants”
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Sierra Club — “Indiana House defeats proposed moratorium on new power plants”

In recent days, groups as diverse as the Indiana Energy Association, Hoosier Environmental Council, the Sierra Club and Citizens Action Coalition protested a moratorium, saying it could delay investments in clean energy and prompt energy companies to build in other states without similar restrictions.

AFSC — “VOCAB: at the Forefront of Spoken Word”
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AFSC — “VOCAB: at the Forefront of Spoken Word”

Tatjana Rebelle and her friends have created a spoken word series that welcomes all

Sierra Club — “Holcomb Urged to Veto Anti-Protest Bill”
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Sierra Club — “Holcomb Urged to Veto Anti-Protest Bill”

Similar legislation has failed in many other states and has been vetoed by the governors of Wyoming and Minnesota. The ACLU of Indiana, Citizens Action Coalition, the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Sierra Club are among the groups that sent a letter to Gov. Holcomb requesting he veto the bill.

CHIP — “The numbers are in from Indianapolis’ census of homeless youth. Here’s what we learned”
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CHIP — “The numbers are in from Indianapolis’ census of homeless youth. Here’s what we learned”

It’s only the second such count conducted in Indianapolis, so it’s too early to establish trends, but gathering the data allows for researchers and public and private entities to better tailor resources and outreach to address the community’s needs, said Chelsea Haring-Cozzi, the coalition’s executive director.

Overdose Lifeline — Cops, firefighters get hand in opioid fight
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Overdose Lifeline — Cops, firefighters get hand in opioid fight

The Terre Haute Police Department has been carrying naloxone/Narcan since 2016, which was previously supplied at no cost by the organization “Overdose Lifeline” through a grant from the state attorney general, said Sgt. Steve Lockard of the THPD.

Overdose Lifeline — “From prescription to problem, how legal opioids create substance abusers”
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Overdose Lifeline — “From prescription to problem, how legal opioids create substance abusers”

Justin Phillips, founder and executive director of Overdose Lifeline, agreed that opioid abuse often stems from medical needs. For example, doctors sometimes prescribe opioids to children after oral surgery, even though children exposed to addictive substances before 15 are five times more likely to develop a substance use disorder. Phillips’ son, Aaron, developed an opioid use disorder when taking opioids to address sports injuries.

Sierra Club — “State electric plants pivoting away from coal”
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Sierra Club — “State electric plants pivoting away from coal”

The Sierra Club says coal’s decline is inevitable, as utilities increasingly look elsewhere for energy sources.

Sierra Club — “ONE – Dubois County hosting forum on activism and leadership”
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Sierra Club — “ONE – Dubois County hosting forum on activism and leadership”

Studies have shown that the people who are most anxious about the state of the world are the ones who aren’t doing anything.