Forum to address election’s ecological impact

An environmental advocacy group is inviting the public to join a discussion on the impact of the 2016 state and national elections on Pennsylvania’s environment at a special forum on Thursday, Nov. 17.

The President-elect, as well as new leadership at the state and national levels, will have far-reaching impacts on policies that affect climate change, natural gas drilling, drinking water, and public lands, said a press release from PennFutures.

The Harrisburg-based organization believes that established state and federal environmental protections are imperiled and that Pennsylvania needs to reassess its capacity to uphold citizens’ rights to a clean and safe environment.

PennFuture’s Post-Election Forum will offer an important opportunity to hear from and engage with top state and national environmental leaders and policymakers as they review the results of this historic election as well as the challenges and opportunities that emerged from it.

The speakers will include Sen. Robert Casey Jr., former Pennsylvania Secretary of Planning and Policy John Hanger, former Pennsylvania DEP Secretary John Quigley, president of the League of Conservation Voters Gene Karpinski, State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, former state DEP Secretary Jim Seif, and former EPA Region 3 Administrator Donald Welsh.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested; to do so, click here.

The forum will be held at the headquarters of WHYY, Independence Mall West, 150 N. Sixth Street in Philadelphia, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

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