Virtual Lunch Hour : Sept. 24- Radioactive Radon Reduction
Join us Thursday Sept. 24 @ noon for a discussion with Jackie Nixon and Nathaniel Burden of Citizens for Radioactive Radon Reduction. Learn what you need to know about radon and why testing is so important. Visit https://citizensforradioactiveradonreduction.org/ to learn more.
Virtual Lunch Hour : Sept. 17 - Fractracker Mapping & Data on UNGD
Join us Thursday Sept. 17 @ noon for a conversation with Matt Kelso and Erica Jackson from FracTracker about their work in mapping oil and gas developing, tracking violations, and more! About the speakers: Matt Kelso: Manager of Data & Technology Matt Kelso has been with the FracTracker Alliance since 2010. Matt maintains numerous oil and gas related maps and performs data analysis for the FracTracker site. He also works extensively with other nonprofit organizations in order to help them with their oil and gas related data and mapping needs. Matt is a graduate of Humboldt State University, and has worked as an archaeologist and casino auditor in the past. He enjoys spending time with his family, learning about alternative energy solutions, and identifying everything that grows in his yard. Erica Jackson: Community Outreach and Communications Specialist Erica supports FracTracker’s communication and outreach activities. Through FracTracker’s website, social media platforms, and outreach programs, Erica engages the public in issues surrounding oil and gas development. Her work focuses on industry in the Ohio River corridor and is in partnership with other organizations in the region dedicated to fighting fossil fuel harms. Erica received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. During her undergraduate career, she completed research on environmental justice concerns regarding Pittsburgh’s air quality, and continued to research the region’s air as a fellow within Pitt’s Center for Healthy Environments and Communities. She has also held various environmental education positions in Pittsburgh, California, and Alaska, and enjoys engaging people with their outdoor surroundings.In her free time, Erica likes to explore the outdoors with friends or stay inside painting and crafting. Learn more about FracTracker at https://www.fractracker.org/
Virtual Lunch Hour : September 10 - Radioactivity and Oil and Gas Waste
Oil and gas waste is becoming a hot topic, as more research delves into the radioactivity of this waste. The impacts of this waste cannot be ignored. Join us September 10th with Rolling Stone journalist Justin Noble for a conversation about radioactivity and oil and gas waste. Justin Nobel writes on issues of science and the environment for Rolling Stone, Audubon, Oxford American, DeSmog, and other US magazines, investigative sites and literary journals. About Justin: Justin Nobel writes on issues of science and the environment for Rolling Stone, Audubon, Oxford American, DeSmog, and other US magazines, investigative sites and literary journals. His work has been published in Best American Travel Writing 2011, and 2016, and Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014. A book he co-wrote with a death row exoneree, “The Story of Dan Bright,” was published in 2016 by University of New Orleans Press. He is presently working on a book about the issue of the radioactivity brought to the surface in oil and gas production and the many different pathways of contamination posed to the industry’s workers, the public and communities, and the environment to be published with Simon & Schuster and tentatively titled, “Petroleum 238 - Big Oil’s Dangerous Secret and the Grassroots Fight to Stop It.” His work on this issue is supported by the journalism nonprofit Economic Hardship Reporting Project.
Virtual Lunch Hour : Sept. 3- The Global Resistance Against Fossil Fuel Extraction
Fossil Fuels have impacts communities around the globe. Join us Thursday, September 3rd at noon for a conversation with Inken Behrmann about why climate change matters for us as humans and how resistance in Germany differs from the US. About Inken: Inken Behrmann is a climate campaigner in Germany. She fought in the resistance against coal energy with "Ende Gelände" (Here and no further) and organized mass actions of civil disobedience in lignite mines. Last year she focused on taking on the mobility transition and car industry. Currently she is campaigning for climate justice with the organization Campact. https://www.campact.de/
ReImagine Food Systems
ReImagine Food Systems is raising money to provide backyard gardens for residents in the Turtle Creek Watershed and Airshed Communities. Growing your own food provides many benefits for you and the environment. We want to encourage gardening in the local area by providing resources and education for households to grow their own raised-bed gardens. Learn more by visiting our gofundme page. Donate now at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/reimagine-food-systems
Youth Program Launch Promo 1
Too often youth are overlooked when it comes to the climate movement. They are told that they do not know what they are talking about, or that their opinion does not matter due to their inability to vote. We at Protect PT realize that this is far from the case. As experienced organizers familiar with the detriment of fossil fuels, we feel we are in a position to share our knowledge and resources to educate future leaders. Feedback from youth leaders tells us that they do not want to hear apologies from adults. They want to see action and they want to be supported. It is with this in mind that we have created a fun and interactive way to engage kindergarten through twelfth grade students in a youth leadership training program that is engaging and helps them realize their own power to make change. Join us for our program kickoff webinar next Friday, Sept. 11 @ 4:30! Register at https://bit.ly/YouthLaunch to get the link to join. Share with any youth you know who might be interested in the program!
Virtual Lunch Hour : August 27th - The Economics of Fracking
Bankruptcy is a term increasingly seen in relation to fracking companies. But what does it really mean? Learn about the economic side of fracking from its inception till now and what the future may look like. Join us for a live conversation August 27th at noon on YouTube with John Detwiler, a retired engineer and business manager, who has worked on fracking, environmental justice and climate disruption for the past 10 years. John will be showing the financial side of fracking, how politics props up failing businesses, and how to break the stalemate of “economics versus environment”. About John: John Detwiler is retired from a career in engineering and business management. For the past ten years, he’s been working as a full-time volunteer on the interlocking issues of fracking, environmental justice, and climate disruption. Before that, he’s been an owner and operations executive of a 100-person engineering and construction firm, and has consulted on business strategy for corporations and government entities in the health care, energy, chemical, heavy manufacturing and defense sectors. References: This list includes papers on economic impacts to the local community and to the larger society, as well as the direct economic returns to investors in fracking. It includes arguments both for and against fracking (although those against are more numerous, since much of the pro-fracking case is imbedded in innumerable mainstream media coverage, and in political and business speeches to friendly audiences). The references are grouped into rough phases of fracking’s apparent boom-and-bust lifecycle. Infancy (2006 – 2012) “The Economic Consequences of Marcellus Shale Gas Extraction: Key Issues”, Susan Christopherson (Cornell Univ.), CaRDI Reports, September 2011. http://www.greenchoices.cornell.edu/resources/publications/drilling/Economic_Consequences.pdf “The Big Fracking Bubble: The Scam Behind Aubrey McCLendon’s Gas Boom”, Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone, March 1, 2012. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/the-big-fracking-bubble-the-scam-behind-aubrey-mcclendons-gas-boom-231551/ “Hydraulic Fracturing: Critical for Energy Production, Jobs, and Economic Growth,” Nicolas Loris, The Heritage Foundation Report, August 25, 2012. https://www.heritage.org/environment/report/hydraulic-fracturing-critical-energy-production-jobs-and-economic-growth The Costs of Fracking, Tony Dutzik, et al., PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center, Fall 2012. https://pennenvironment.org/sites/environment/files/reports/The%20Costs%20of%20Fracking%20vPA_0.pdf Maturity (2013 -2018) Frackonomics, the Economics Behind America’s Shale Revolution, Tim Fitzgerald, The Heartland Institute, December 8, 2014. https://www.heartland.org/publications-resources/publications/frackonomics-the-economics-behind-americas-shale-revolution “Stranded Assets in Oil and Gas a Reality”, Deborah Rogers (Lawrence), originally published in Energy Policy Forum, March 4, 2015. https://www.resilience.org/stories/2015-03-04/stranded-assets-in-oil-and-gas-a-reality/ “The ‘Shale Revolution’ Has Not Paid Investors Very Well”, Deborah Lawrence, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), March 5, 2015. https://ieefa.org/the-shale-revolution-has-not-paid-investors-very-well/ “Shale Gas is Not a Revolution”, Art Berman (blog), July 5, 2017. https://www.artberman.com/2017/07/05/shale-gas-not-revolution/ Decline (2019 - 2020) (This section includes publications both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.) “The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year for oil and gas,” Kathy Hipple, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), January 21, 2020. https://ieefa.org/ieefa-update-the-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-year-for-oil-and-gas/ “In Extremis: Crisis Mounts for Appalachian Shale Producers”, Kathy Hipple, et al., IEEFA, March 2020. https://ieefa.org/ieefa-update-in-extremis-crisis-continues-for-appalachian-shale-producers/ “U.S. natgas glut swells, prices turn negative at Texas Waha hub,” Scott DiSavino, Reuters, March 3, 2020 (Updated). https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-texas-permian-prices/update-1-u-s-natgas-glut-swells-prices-turn-negative-at-texas-waha-hub-idUSL1N2AW0SU Pandemic Crisis, Systemic Decline: Why exploiting the COVID-19 crisis will not save the oil, gas, and plastic industries, Steven Feit, et al., Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), April 2020. https://www.ciel.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Pandemic-Crisis-Systemic-Decline-April-2020.pdf” “Shell’s Pennsylvania Petrochemical Complex: Financial Risks and a Weak Outlook,” Tom Sanzillo, et al., IEEFA, June 2020. https://ieefa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Financial-Risks_Weak-Outlook_Shell-PA-Petrochemical-Complex_June-2020.pdf “The Bakken Boom Goes Bust With No Money to Clean up the Mess,” Justin Mikulka, DeSmog Blog, August 8, 2020. https://www.desmogblog.com/2020/08/08/bakken-fracking-oil-boom-bust-hess-cleanup
Virtual Lunch Hour, August 20th - Craftivism with Nina from Assemble
Activism comes in many forms and can use the creative talents of individuals and groups to make a difference. Craftivism - a term popularized by North Carolina activist Betsy Greer, is often used to discuss creative talents used for activism. But what is craftivism really and how can you be a craftivist? Join us for a live conversation with Nina Barbuto of Assemble PGH on YouTube Thursday August 20 at noon to talk about what craftivism is and how you can use your creative talents to bring about change. About Nina: Nina’s passion for art, new media and social learning led her to found Assemble, a community space for arts + technology, in 2011. On her own, Nina works in a variety of media including architecture, film, sound, and installation and often explores the idea of recycling noise into a system or elevating the vernacular to the spectacular. Nina co-founded I Made It! Market in 2007. An idea based on urban acupuncture, this nomadic market partners with community, arts and non-profit organizations to raise funds and awareness to assist in improving their communities while allowing local artists and crafters to sell their wares. Nina holds degrees in architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture and Carnegie Mellon University, where she is also adjunct faculty. Find out more about Assemble on their website http://assemblepgh.org/
Virtual Lunch Hour - Nadia Steinzor of Earthworks
Have you ever wondered what methane emissions look like? Join us August 6 at noon for a conversation with Nadia Steinzor from Earthworks about using flir cameras to capture emissions from oil and gas facilities. In addition to filming oil and gas sites, Earthworks advocates for better air quality and protections for residents. Nadia has been involved in several advocacy efforts, including helping research and write a report Earthworks recently released. This report details the proposed rules for the controls of emissions in Pennsylvania. You can read it here https://earthworks.org/publications/comments-on-proposed-rulemaking-in-pennsylvania-control-of-voc-emissions-from-oil-and-natural-gas-sources-regulation-7-544/.