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Greening up the future

Green New Deal town hall meeting Sunday, June 9th

Invermere resident Jessie Johnson wants to gather like-minded people, young and old, together to discuss climate change and implications of our plastic use and impacts on the environment.

“The idea of the whole thing is people get to sit and discuss what they want from the Canadian government, whichever party happens to come into power,” said Ms. Johnson.

She is hosting a ‘Pact for a Green New Deal’ event, an initiative gaining momentum across Canada with more than 60 organizations pushing to make climate action a priority in the next federal election.

“The Pact for a Green New Deal is a growing movement of people across Canada who understand that governments are not doing enough to solve the climate crisis – and we hope you will be a part of it,” reads their website.

Ms. Johnson said the deal rests on two principles: it must meet the demands of Indigenous knowledge and science, and cut Canada’s emissions at least in half in 11 years while protecting cultural and biological diversity; and, it must leave no one behind and build a better present and future for all of us.

Ms. Johnson has invited District of Invermere Mayor Al Miller to the event to talk about what the district is doing or hoping to do to reduce our community’s footprint, such as composting initiatives or plastic bag bans.

The meeting will be held Sunday, June 9th at 7 p.m. at the Lions Club hall. Ms. Johnson invites everyone to come out for the presentation and discussion. For more information, go to http://act.greennewdealcanada.ca/town-halls/invermere/

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