Conservation Day at the Statehouse, Tuesday, January 28
The Indiana Conservation Alliance invites the public to advocate for clean water, natural places, wildlife and public transportation
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA | January 22, 2014
Like many Hoosiers, Helena Witzke cares about the environment in her state. She recycles, taking the time to separate the plastics, glass and aluminum from paper and cardboard. She minimizes her driving impact as much as she can, taking care to carpool, bike or walk whenever possible. While Helena’s actions are important, she’s wanting to take it a step further and do something really important for Indiana’s natural lands and waters: she’s headed to Conservation Day at the Statehouse, where she’ll talk to her legislators about the future of Indiana’s environment.
“Conservation Day will give me the chance to get involved and make a real difference,” Helena says. “Having a chance to talk to my legislators face to face is an amazing opportunity that I don’t get every day. Legislators come to this event because they want to hear from their constituents.”
Conservation Day is Tuesday, January 28 and is sponsored by the Indiana Conservation Alliance (INCA), which is made up of Indiana’s leading conservation and environmental groups. Conservation Day strives to give Hoosiers concerned about the future of Indiana’s natural resources an opportunity to have their voices heard at the Statehouse.
“I always appreciate hearing from my constituents about issues that are important to them,” said Representative Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville). “I am particularly interested in their thoughts and concerns about environmental issues facing our state as well as what we can do now to ensure a cleaner, safer Indiana for future generations. When constituents contact me, through any means of communication, it emphasizes their level of concern about a particular issue. Going the extra mile to make personal visits to the Statehouse speaks volumes about their commitment to that issue. Keeping an open line of communication and working together is an imperative part of the legislative process.”
This is the tenth annual Conservation Day at the Statehouse. A reception for legislators to meet with their constituents will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the North Atrium of the Statehouse (with a morning information session for attendees in the Government Center South, details on the INCA website. Former Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman, co-chair of the Bicentennial Commission, will be the featured speaker sharing accomplishments of the Bicentennial Nature Trust. An awards ceremony will follow, honoring Senator David Long, President pro tempore, and Representative Mike Karickhoff for their work to protect Indiana’s natural resources, followed by lunch and conversation. The event is free, and you can register at nature.org/conservationday.
An avid camper and hiker, Helena hopes that spending her lunch hour at Conservation Day will give her the chance to make a difference. Talking to her legislators is not something she does on a regular basis. “This is a little outside the comfort zone for most people, but this event makes it much easier. I am committed to making Indiana a better place to live by talking to the people we’ve elected.”
Helena adds, “This isn’t just about pretty places, it’s about clean water and clean air. These things don’t just happen, they need our help.”
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