Director of Community Engagement and Development Joel Tolman speaks to guests about the challenge.

Director of Community Engagement and Development Joel Tolman speaks to guests about the challenge.

A new coalition determined to tackle climate change gathered in a Crown Street art gallery—not to hide out, but to reach out.

The coalition of six environmental groups gathered at Artspace to make a pitch to about 50 people who sipped drinks and munched snacks donated by Elm City Market and Romeo & Cesare’s. The event took place Wednesday night to coincide with Futurecast, a new Artspace exhibit that focused on climate change(Read about that here.)

Event organizers asked people to sign an online pledge called the the Healthy City/Healthy Climate Challenge. The pledge asks citizens to commit to walking, biking or taking public transport twice a month; eating vegetarian twice a week; joining an environmental action alert list; choosing a 100 percent renewable source of electricity; recycling all glass, cans, paper and plastic; and composting. Read the full article at New Haven Independent.