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Environmental Concerns of the Petrochemical and Regional Gas Industry Buildout
December 6, 2018 , 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Environmental Concerns of the Petrochemical and Gas Industry Buildout in our Region – A Public Forum at the JCC with Elected Officials
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh’s Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement invites regional residents to a conversation with elected officials about environmental and climate concerns of the regional buildout of the petrochemical industry. Local leaders and grass root organizers will share information on efforts to combat climate change and protect our health, our water and our air.
Protecting Our Communities: Environmental Challenges From Fossil Fuel Extraction in Pennsylvania will be held Thursday, December 6, 2018, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the JCC, 5738 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill.
The evening will serve as an opportunity for elected leaders to share perspectives about their support of environmental initiatives and legislation and to invite public support their efforts, says Rabbi Ron Symons, Senior Director of Jewish Life, JCC of Greater Pittsburgh. County Executive Richard Fitzgerald, State Senator and Minority Leader, Jay Costa, State Rep. Dan Frankel, County Councilman Paul Klein, City Councilors Corey O’Connor and Erika Strassburger and State Rep. Summer Lee will be among those speaking at this event.
“Our gathering is essential as we consider the implications of fossil fuel extraction on the health and well-being of our neighbors,” says Rabbi Symons. “We are thrilled to bring together elected officials, community leaders and neighbors in a deep conversation about these important matters.”
The program will provide useful information on regional issues relating to climate change and the environment as well as the rising social movement responses to these challenges. Environmental leaders Matt Mehalik, Executive Director, Breathe Project, Doug Shields of Food & Water Watch, Joanne Martin of Reimagine Beaver County and Forest Hills Member of Council, Patty DeMarco, will share insights and invite discussion.
More than 27 environmental organizations will be present for discussions at information tables at this event in order to encourage further public involvement.
“Climate change is the singular most important issue of our time,” says Sen. Jay Costa. “If our federal government will not take up the challenge, then we have to try to do something ourselves in Pennsylvania. This meeting will highlight successful environmental initiatives, update the public about legislation and discuss regional issues, an important step towards a sustainable future.”
The media and the public are invited to attend.