Brian Hill, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), will discuss how global warming could impact Pennsylvania and what Pennsylvania should be doing to address climate change Wednesday, October 17 at 7 p.m., in room 138 Blackington Hall on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus.
The Council authored the Climate Change Roadmap for Pennsylvania, which made 38 specific recommendations for what Pennsylvania should do based on input from a broad group of business, farm, energy generation, environmental and other stakeholders.
“Today it’s time for a new Earth Day to tackle a problem that is truly global in scale—climate change. The debate is over, science has spoken,” said Mr. Hill. “Climate change will affect the crops we raise, how much rain we get, the kinds of forests and wildlife we have, the amount of energy we use and how we develop our land.
“Pennsylvania alone generates about one percent of the world’s greenhouse gases, putting us in the same group with the top 25 emitting nations in the world,” he added. “If we don’t take action now, our projections show greenhouse gas emissions will increase by over 369 million metric tons by 2025.”
Mr. Hill’s presentation is being sponsored by the UPJ Geology Department as part of the Department’s recognition of Earth Sciences Week.
For additional information about the event, contact Dr. Jack Beuthin, UPJ geology department chair, at 814-269-2945.
For more information and copies of the Climate Change Roadmap for Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Environmental Council website at www.pecpa.org or call 717-230-8044.
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council promotes the protection and restoration of the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education and advocacy with the private sector, government, individuals and communities as partners to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.
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