How & Why We Got Started: We grew out of Green New Deal public meetings in May 2019 held in Flesherton and Collingwood. We were also motivated by watching a public viewing of the film Resilience – Transforming Our Community. Out of these events, a small group of people connected wanting to do something locally to reduce our carbon footprint. We believe there are a lot of people concerned about the consequences of climate change. Individually it can be alienating to tackle this huge problem. By connecting with others, we will be motivated to take action and feel we are contributing to solutions and action.
What We Accomplished in the First Four Months (September – December 2019): We got organized and we reached out to the community:
- formed a Leadership Team and talked through our common interests
- sponsored a showing of the film Resilience – Transforming Our Community at the Collingwood Public Library in September 2019
- marched with the secondary school students in their Climate Strikes, Fridays for Future
- sponsored a federal candidates’ debate on environmental issues through the national group 100 Debates
- spoke on Cable TV, with local media and with Town Councillors about the newly formed group and the need to pay attention to climate change
- connected with other similar groups in Grey, Bruce and Simcoe counties
- held monthly gatherings to address topics of interest, formed into working teams and cooperatively created our Mission, Value and Principles
- held an event with international speaker, Mark Meldrum drawing close to 200 people
January 2020 – to present – COVID 19 changed how we work, but we continue.
- Working teams continue to delve into particular issues of interest and develop projects to take results-oriented action
- Issues are raised with Town Council and Town Staff directly and through the media
- Facilitators are now trained in the Carbon Conversations program, pilot workshops held and public training sessions started
- Adapted as an organization as members changed and are now incorporated as a not-for-profit organization
- Successful applicants of a small grant from the Town which was used to help in organizational development and to design and implement a new website
- Bi-monthly public meetings via Zoom are held to discuss issues of concern and be inspired by interesting speakers
We look forward to involving more people and creating community to mitigate and address climate change. Please join us to see how you can make a difference and grow with us as we continue to evolve.