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On Aug. 14, 2019, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle hosted a climate change forum at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. About 200 people attended to discuss how climate change stands to affect the Pittsburgh region and what can be done to avoid the most severe effects.

At the time, PublicSource published a story on the forum, which you can read here. But we want to revisit that town hall in video form, so that, if you couldn’t make it, you can still observe the major takeaways. In this video, you’ll hear some of the concerns (ranging from the Beaver County ethane cracker plant to pediatric asthma, among others). You also will have the opportunity to listen to some area officials and environmentalists who called on the audience to not only make changes in their personal lives, but to also contribute to a change in mindset for how we talk about the environment and economy and what we prioritize to sustain human life into the future.

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