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Hitz-Rhodehamel Woods Hitz-Rhodehamel Woods in Brown County, Indiana © Peter Bauson/TNC

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Tackling Climate Change in Indiana

We're working for a future where Hoosiers and nature thrive together.

The Nature Conservancy works collaboratively with lawmakers, business leaders, academia and advocates to advance nonpartisan, science-based solutions that protect our state’s natural treasures, create jobs and cost-savings to the state and help lessen the impacts of a changing climate.  

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Indiana’s environment, public health and economy depend on strong climate and clean energy leadership at all levels of our government. Hoosiers across the political spectrum agree: seven in 10 voters believe the federal government needs to do more to combat climate change, including 55% of Republicans. And there’s a powerful economic case to be made for climate action and clean energy adoption. 

Innovating & Growing Climate Solutions in Indiana The Nature Conservancy believes farmers are among our greatest conservation allies, and by working together, we can develop science-based common sense solutions to the climate change challenge.

Indiana Voters Overwhelmingly Support Climate Leadership

Indiana voters across the political spectrum are increasingly finding common ground on the urgent need for climate action.

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A Growing Majority: We need climate action. © Jason Whalen/Big Foot Media
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Action Needed: Critical for the nation's economic recovery. © Jason Whalen/Big Foot Media
Graphic showing a tree and the number '59%'.
A Growing Majority: We need climate action. © Jason Whalen/Big Foot Media

59%

of Indiana voters believe human activity is a major cause of climate change, including more than half of traditional Republicans (51%) and 69% of suburban women.

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Action Needed: Critical for the nation's economic recovery. © Jason Whalen/Big Foot Media

49%

of Hoosiers agree that action on climate is critical for the nation’s economic recovery.

Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike support climate solutions that meaningfully reduce emissions, create 21st century jobs and conserve our natural treasures.

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Vast Support: For natural climate solutions. © Christina Rutter
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Win-Win: Voluntary carbon sequestration market. © Christina Rutter
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Net Zero by 2050: 62% of Hoosiers support it. © Christina Rutter
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Vast Support: For natural climate solutions. © Christina Rutter

90%

of Hoosiers support policies that mitigate climate change by protecting and restoring trees, forests, wetlands and farms that naturally remove carbon from the air.

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Win-Win: Voluntary carbon sequestration market. © Christina Rutter

74%

of Indiana voters would support the creation of a voluntary natural carbon sequestration market, including two-thirds of Hoosiers who voted for President Trump in 2020. Nearly 71% of supporters believe such action would benefit farmers and their local communities.

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Net Zero by 2050: 62% of Hoosiers support it. © Christina Rutter

62%

Nearly two in three (62%) of Hoosiers support the effort to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and 69% of voters are willing to pay more to accomplish this goal.

Hoosiers back home are calling on their Members of Congress to work across the aisle and enact pragmatic policies that address the root causes of climate change.

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Indiana a Leader: Fighting climate change. © TNC
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Broad Support: For bipartisan work to fight climate change. © TNC
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Future Generations: Depend on our actions today. © TNC
Graphic showing a tree and the number '64%'.
Indiana a Leader: Fighting climate change. © TNC

64%

of Hoosiers believe Indiana can play a leading role in fighting climate change.

Graphic showing a tree and the number '56%'.
Broad Support: For bipartisan work to fight climate change. © TNC

56%

of voters say they want their Members of Congress to work in a bipartisan manner to find sensible, realistic solutions to climate change–including 51% of voters who say their primary source of information is Fox News.

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Future Generations: Depend on our actions today. © TNC

16%

When asked why they supported climate action, more Indiana Republicans (16%) mentioned the need to ensure the health, safety and prosperity of future generations, than any other reason—including 22% of suburban voters.

Indiana has proven it’s possible to tackle climate change, grow our economy and support hardworking Hoosiers. Through inspired leadership at the federal level, Indiana can show the nation—and the world—what’s possible.

Hoosiers for Climate Leadership The Nature Conservancy is working to protect our people, our lands and our way of life from the effects of climate change.
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Read our new report Indiana's Climate and Energy Future © TNC

Indiana's Climate and Energy Future

All over the state, investments are being made to tap into the potential of renewable energy, or to use nature and our natural systems to combat climate change, all while improving the bottom line.

Read our roadmap for renewable energy and natural climate solutions

How We’re Tackling Climate Change

  • Seedlings grow at a large, state-owned, tree nursery near the city of Guarapuava, Parana state, Brazil.

    Nature Based Solutions

    Our reThink Soil program believes that investing in sustainable soil health practices can increase agricultural yields, generate more profit for farmers and reduce negative environmental impacts. Learn about reThink Soil.

  • Laura Crane and a Fuller Star employee walking through the array of solar panels at the Fuller Star plant in Lancaster, California.

    Promoting Clean Energy

    We're working with local governments and business to achieve the 2025 goal of 25% renewable energy. TNC's created Site Wind Right, which reveals those areas in the Central U.S. where wind energy development would not disrupt important wildlife. Learn more about Site Wind Right.

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    Corporate Engagement

    We're utilizing lessons learned through the CEO Climate Dialogue and are developing relationships with organizations across sectors to discuss their climate actions, how they are implementing sustainability plans and how to leverage federal action. Learn more about the CEO Climate Dialogue.

  • The Nature Conservancy's deforestation initiatives in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

    Working with Governments

    We work with government leaders around the world to set aggressive goals for climate solutions that create jobs, protect people and cut pollution. Learn how we impact policy.

  • Nealla Frederick, TNC's Eastern Caribbean Conservation Planner, holds a young red mangrove shoot during a mangrove restoration project.

    Building Resilience

    We're helping to not only reducing causes of climate change, but preparing our communities and natural resources to better adapt to climate change impacts. Learn about building coastal resilience.

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Be a Part of the Solution

Nature needs you to make your voice heard and convince Indiana’s leaders commit to change. Join our community of advocates and learn how you can take action today.