A national climate change and environmental group called the Green New Deal held a public meeting in Carleton Place on July 16 at the Carambeck Community Centre. This non-partisan organization has held similar town hall sessions from coast to coast this past spring. Their goal is to inform local residents of the impact of climate change and pollution and how they can influence local, provincial, and national governments to take action. Retired area school teacher Kathleen McIntyre chaired the evening which brought out 35 area residents.
After hearing from several local speakers on a variety of environmental issues, attendees were invited to join break-out groups to share their ideas on improvement. They were urged to bring these issues and their potential solutions to candidates looking for their votes in the upcoming fall federal election.