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Resilient Communities

Libraries Respond to Climate Change

As part of Goshen Public Library’s participation in the ALA Resilient Communities program, we are highlighting ways you can get involved in our local community to adapt to and mitigate climate change:


Reduce. Reuse. Refuse. Refill. Repair. Repurpose. Regift. Rethink. Reimagine.

Reduce Electricity Consumption

Invest in Alternative Energy

  • Install solar
  • Buy an electric car

Recycle and Purchase Less Plastic

Plant a Garden

  • Rent garden space – Call the Goshen Parks Department at 574-534-2901
  • Community gardens

Create a wildlife-friendly yard

Get a National Wildlife Federations’ Backyard Wildlife Certification

  • A movement dedicated to help local wildlife and wild spaces


Use City Parks for Biking and Walking

Support Local Businesses Rather Than Purchasing From Far Away

Support Goshen’s Tree Canopy Goal

Change Your Diet


Sunrise Movement

Trees for Goshen

Goshen Green Drinks

Goshen Farmers Market

Maple City Market

Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG)

La Casa

Earth Charter Indiana

Citizen’s Climate Lobby

Volunteer in Goshen


Find books related to climate change at Goshen Public Library

Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment

“Drilled” Podcast

Tidewater movie

Learn about Goshen Climate Action Plan

Yale Climate Connection

Project Drawdown

To view a recent GPL program discussing the film “Decoding the Weather Machine” and local efforts to adapt to and mitigate climate change click on the link below:

Watch the Climate Change Panel Discussion

This programming is a part of the Resilient Communities grant from American Library Association. Resilient Communities strives to raise awareness and provide accurate information about the climate change crisis to the public through libraries. The pilot project has been funded by a generous grant from Andrew and Carol Phelps, the parents of a public librarian and a library master’s student.