Scott Pruitt and the EPA

I’m sure you have heard all about the scandals swirling around the EPA and Scott Pruitt in particular. While the investigations are ongoing, and further allegations are announced or leaked, it is too soon for a verdict.

However it is incumbent upon us to stay informed and vote.

I encourage you to stay up to date on energy and environment developments:

The second thing you should do this month is vote! Early voting in Monroe County is going on now through the May 09th primary. There are great candidates running on the federal, state, and local levels. Do your research and vote! Find out more at http://monroecountyvoters.us/voterinformation.html.

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EPA Budget Cuts to Hurt Hoosiers

Abram Hurt writes for thestatehousefile.com and covered Indiana Legislators arguing that the proposed 31% cut to the EPA Budget would directly effect Indiana. Read his article in the previous link or in today’s Herald Times.

This is not a new argument. In fact, in a post written in January, I covered the EPA’s Gina McCarthy talk at IU where she sounded the same warning for Indiana.

These proposed cuts are a clear example of how Federal policy directly touches the lives of Hoosiers. Call your federal elected officials and tell them that Indiana’s air, water, and natural resources are in need of protection!

Who Doesn’t Love Food and Farms

Do you support small farmers and sustainable agriculture? If you answered yes, then the Food and Farms Coalition is for you!

This coalition between Mother Hubbard’s Food Pantry and Hoosier Action is working to influence the federal 2018 Farm Bill. This bill effects a wide swath of Hoosiers including farmers, SNAP benefit recipients, and those of us that like buying food from farmers at the Bloomington Farmers Market.

The next meeting of this group can be found on Facebook. They meet Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30pm at the Monroe County Public Library.

75 Years

This Saturday, come hear Joe Peden speak. Check out this video of Joe Peden; chances are you have been on the farm he and his wife run in Monroe County.

He and the rest of Monroe County celebrate the 75th Annual Meeting of the Soil and Water Conservation District. Among other things they help make cover crops affordable for area farmers and keep septic systems running.

The event is Saturday, February 24 from 9am to 12:30 at St Paul United Methodist Church on West 3rd St. Tickets are only $10 and can be found on Eventbrite.

At this event you can also learn about hoop houses, small plot invasive species, stormwater systems, and pasture management.

How You Can Lobby for Science

Does the current administration have you scratching your head, wondering why the sudden disbelief in science and facts? Well you aren’t alone!

Dori Chandler is with the Union of Concerned Scientists and will give a workshop called “Effective Communication with Legislators: How to be a Lobbyist for Science.” The talk is Thursday, February 22, 12:30 – 2:00 PM in Room S201 (Patten Room) of the Indiana University Geology Building (1001 E. 10th St.). Free lunch provided! This event is free and open to the public.

This workshop will be followed with an opportunity later in the month to go talk to state legislators.

This workshop is brought to you by the newly formed and very active Concerned Scientists at Indiana University.