Current and Upcoming:
Earth Day: Youth In Climate Action
Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, at 7:00 pm, join the LWV of Montgomery County via Zoom to learn how Indiana youth and young adults are finding their voices and becoming empowered as leaders in confronting the climate crisis, and how you can too. Featured speakers include Annabel Prokopy, Ian Rollins, and Iris O’Donnell Bellisario (see bios below). Some Montgomery County officials will join as well.
Zoom Link: TinyURL.com/CvilleYouthClimate
Annabel Prokopy is a junior at West Lafayette High School. Two years ago, Annabel and concerned classmates formed the student-led organization West Lafayette Climate Strikes, propelling young voices forward with a platform to speak up and educate about climate change. Annabel and the high school team have not only helped to raise awareness of the call for climate action, they have made a direct impact to West Lafayette’s policies. Earlier this year, at the urging of West Lafayette Climate Strikes, the city approved a Declaration of Climate Emergency. Annabel helped to expand climate action by seeking out and banding together with several other student-led environmental groups to form the Confront the Climate Crisis campaign.
Ian Rollins is from the Chicago area and currently resides in Crawfordsville as a sophomore at Wabash College. He is working toward a major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and a minor in Business and Economics with plans to attend law school post-graduation. Ian works toward sustainability goals as the student chair of Wabash’s Environmental Concerns Committee (ECC). Ian and the ECC worked to confront the surge of single-use products, like masks and food containers, created by the COVID pandemic, along with the increased energy, water, and pollution created with them. Ian and the ECC work to educate the Wabash community on environmental issues through publication of a weekly newsletter, The Earthworm Weekly, and by hosting campus events.
Iris O’Donnell Bellisario is originally from West Lafayette and is a 2020 Purdue graduate with a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science. As an intern with the Purdue Climate Change Research Center, she worked with scientists and environmental impact groups throughout Indiana. Iris has worked on several climate resolutions for the City of West Lafayette, including a resolution to achieve carbon neutrality by 2038. She successfully advocated for the City to conduct a greenhouse gas inventory, and she is currently advocating for the development of a city plan to achieve carbon neutrality by the 2038 deadline. Iris works directly with the mayor of West Lafayette and city council to help West Lafayette become resilient to the impacts of climate change. In 2019 she was recognized as a Hoosier Resilience Hero by the IU Environmental Resilience Institute. Currently, she works as a Resiliency Coordinator for Earth Charter Indiana.
Virtual Learn with the League: Removal of the Sugar Creek Low Head Dam
Please join us Thursday, April 22, from 7:00-8:00 pm, for a “virtual” Public Forum via Zoom regarding the project for removal of the low head dam on Sugar Creek at the former CEL&P power plant site, as a panel of subject matter experts address questions from LWVMC moderator David Long. Panelist will include Aus Brooks representing Friends of Sugar Creek, Jerry Sweeten of Ecosystems Connections Institute, and Dale Petrie representing the City of Crawfordsville. Topics will include why the dam is being removed, the environmental and ecological benefits, the impact on water levels and fishing along Sugar Creek, and anticipated project timing. The public is invited to attend this “virtual” Public Forum by registering on the “Events” page of the Friends of Sugar Creek website at www.friendsofsugarcreek.org/events to receive the Zoom meeting link.
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Women’s Equality Day
August 26, 2020 marked one year of commemorating passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. We commemorated Women's Equality Day by launching two special projects honoring Dr. Mary Holloway Wilhite, Indiana’s first licensed female physician. After obtaining her license in 1856, Dr. Wilhite practiced in Crawfordsville for 36 years. She was also a notable suffragist and community builder.
A fascinating booklet about Dr Wilhite’s life and times and legacy will be ready to acquire. You may purchase the book, authored by Shannon Hudson, by clicking the image below. You may also view a Lunch With The League discussion with the author by clicking here.
A short film entitled A Legacy of Women in Medicine will be presented by the LWV. Honoring pioneering physician, Dr. Mary Holloway Wilhite, A Legacy of Women in Medicine is a brief introduction to the earliest practicing female physicians in Montgomery County, followed by a short series of autobiographical excerpts from young Montgomery County women who were fortunate enough to follow in Wilhite's footsteps to become the next generation of proud medical women. LWV of Montgomery County enjoyed a special screening of Marco Dees production. Others may view the film by clicking the image below.