By Riya Chinni
A group of young Carmel residents is working with local government leaders through the Promise Project with the goal of making Carmel a greener city.
The group, a youth-led effort of the Carmel Green Initiative, celebrated a step toward the goal in February when the Carmel City Council passed a Climate Recovery and Resilience Resolution, which states the city will measure carbon emission levels and work to decrease them. The Promise Project worked with city leaders to draft the resolution and encouraged its passing.
Now, the group is working with city leaders to help ensure the voluntary steps outlined in the resolution come to fruition.
Miranda Frausto, head youth leader of the project and IUPUI sophomore, communicates directly with Carmel City Council members and coordinates meetings for the Promise Project.
“What we usually do is set out what the next steps are. We meet together and work with the adult mentor. We meet with Mayor (Jim) Brainard, with city council members and, of course, propose what we would like to see Carmel doing,” Frausto said.
Frausto heard about the group as a member of the Environmental Action Club at Carmel High School and has been involved for the past three years.
“I think the Promise Project is a great representation of how the youth care about this issue and use their voices to tell the political leaders how they want to see a change, because we know how (climate change) affects us so much and it’s the issue that concerns our generation the most, I would say,” Frausto said.
Promise Project members plan to meet with U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks to encourage her to join the Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan effort to address climate change. It has 86 members.
Moving forward, the group wants to recruit more members. Learn more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.