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Organization Outlines Action Plan To Reduce Indiana Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Land use and reducing food waste were both included as potential solutions. (Seth Tackett, WTIU/WFIU News)

Every Hoosier is responsible for producing six times more greenhouse gasses than the average world citizen — that’s according to Indiana Drawdown — an organization that seeks to reverse global warming.

The organization says Indiana ranks in the top 10 of greenhouse gas-producing states which are responsible for nearly half of all greenhouse gasses produced in the United States.

Organization’s founder Daniel Poynter spoke via video call with a group from Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute about how to spur change locally.

"Half of all emissions come from ten states and what’s really cool is that there are a lot of opportunities in Indiana like carbon farming," Poynter says. "The [United Nation's] IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] says carbon farming — or how we use agricultural land is as important as renewable energy."

In addition to better utilizing the land, Poynter says reducing food waste and investing in solar energy will also help decrease greenhouse emissions.

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