Supporting the Hoosier Environmental Council
Apr 01, 2016 02:55PM
● By Lanette Er
Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) is Indiana’s leading educator and advocate for environmental issues and policies. Despite significant progress in protecting forests, groundwater and lakes throughout the state, Forbes magazine ranks Indiana an abysmal 49th in its green rankings. There are numerous opportunities to aid HEC in their fight to protect our vital resources from corporate interests.
Support HEC by attending unique Aveda Earth Month fundraising events, such as the Catwalk & Carnival from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 10 at the Paramount School of Excellence on Indy’s Near Eastside. The event includes music, food trucks, a petting zoo, games and prizes.
Small and large businesses alike can become an HEC Green Business Supporter by making an annual commitment to HEC’s mission. Individuals can also make donations. Natural Awakenings Indy is a proud supporter of HEC.
HEC also encourages concise, factual, passionate and respectful communication with state representatives and senators about issues affecting the environment in our state. During the 2016 Indiana General Assembly, HEC actively advocated for and against numerous issues.
HEC advocated against HB 1082, a piece of legislation referred to as “No More Stringent Than,” which would bar the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) from doing anything stronger to protect public health than what the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has already done. Amidst the current Flint, Michigan, water crisis, this bill was of particular significance.
Other issues of focus this past legislative session included making it illegal for local governments to regulate plastic bag use, undermining the ability of local authorities to shape our State Parks, and legalizing controversial hunting practices.
To get more involved, contact HEC to host a Greening Your Community event, which are statewide initiatives geared toward bringing the information and comradery of HEC’s annual Greening the Statehouse forum right to your home. These events are hosted by ordinary citizens in their homes, neighborhood businesses, churches or city buildings, and provide an opportunity for community members to network, get updates on issues, and have some fun!
HEC is also looking for dedicated and passionate volunteers for their Environmental Advocate program. If you are interested, contact Amanda Shepherd at [email protected].
Admission to the Aveda Catwalk & Carnival: adult $20, child $10, family $40. Location: 3020 Nowland Ave., Indianapolis. To purchase tickets online, visit HoosierWaterWarrior.org. For more information on becoming more involved with the Hoosier Environmental Council, visit HECWeb.org or call 317-685-8800.