PFAS and Health Impacts: What Frontline Communities Need to Know

Environmental Health Project (EHP) continues to explore the health risks of PFAS chemicals since it was revealed that PFAS, or chemicals that break down into PFAS, are being used in shale gas development. In this webinar, we further explore health impacts from exposure to PFAS focusing on female reproductive outcomes with Dr. Sue Fenton from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. We will then look at what frontline communities need to know and how to work to mitigate exposures with Dr. Tasha Stoiber of the Environmental Working Group. Following the presentations, Dr. Ned Ketyer, Medical Advisor for EHP, will moderate a discussion.
Visit the event webpage for more information and to register.

Rachel Carson: A Pioneer for Science-based Policy Connecting Environment and Health

University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health Lecture

PA IPL’s Patricia DeMarco, PhD (Senior Scholar, Chatham University) will be giving a lecture, “Rachel Carson: A Pioneer for Science-based Policy Connecting Environment and Health,” on September 20th!

Born in Allegheny County, pioneering naturalist Rachel Carson (1907-1964) used her knowledge of science and her early understanding of the interconnectedness of all living things to advocate for policy based on science. We must adjust our ways of interacting with the Earth and each other to align more closely to accommodate the laws of chemistry, physics, physiology, and ecology. Dr. DeMarco is the author of Pathways to Our Sustainable Future – A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017).

This lecture is free and open to public. Please email cfreynoldsmhs@gmail.com to receive the Zoom link.

For more information see https://cfreynoldsmhs.blogspot.com.

Pennsylvania Solutions for Pollutions Launch Event

This September, the Climate Action Campaign (CAC) is joining with dozens of coalition partners to launch the Solutions for Pollution (S4P) campaign demanding that agencies across the federal government set the strongest possible standards to deliver solutions for pollution.

The “Solutions for Pollution” campaign (S4P) will call on the Biden administration to carry out its responsibilities under our nation’s bedrock environmental laws, such as the Clean Air Act, by advancing approximately 20 protections across federal agencies that could cut climate pollution in half by 2030, advance vital public health and environmental justice goals, accelerate the transition to clean energy, and create new economic opportunity.

Sign up here or just show up!

Now Available: Video of Philly IPL Chapter’s March 8th Program!

Philadelphia’s Community Health Act Will Address Environmental Injustice

Any plans to address climate change and shift our economy to clean energy must consider the impacts that burning fossil fuels and production of other industrial pollutants have had on the health and well-being of Philadelphians. Policies must redress this environmental injustice. The March meeting of PA IPL’s Philadelphia Chapter addresses this topic. Our guest, Andres Celin, Outreach Director for City Councilmember Helen Gym, discusses the proposed Community Health Act and the impact it could have addressing pollution and health threats in urban communities.

Andres Celin Bio:
Andres Celin has spent a decade working in education, youth development, social services, and community organizing in the Latino community in North Philadelphia. He is currently the Outreach Director for City Councilmember Helen Gym and is a Certified Trauma-informed Trainer/Practitioner with Lakeside Global Institute. Prior to his current role, Andres was the Lead Organizer at Youth United for Change, where he worked to develop the political leadership of young people in Kensington. He has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Haverford College, and a Master in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Community Health Act Description:
Councilmember Gym has introduced legislation aimed at redressing the environmental injustices suffered by Black and Brown communities historically overburdened by pollution. The Community Health Act would require the identification and mapping of ‘environmental justice communities’ based on past, present, and future pollution, environmental stressors, health vulnerabilities, and demographic factors. Any permits for industrial use in or near these communities would require the City to conduct a “cumulative impact assessment” that looks at the actual impact of pollution in context before granting an approval — and empower the City to require mitigating steps to prevent harm.

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The Philadelphia chapter of PA IPL is very active. Chapter volunteers plan workshops, services, and work in coalition with many other groups bringing faith voices to climate justice and clean energy transition efforts, and they bring climate justice voices to faith work. Their monthly meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM, and are open to everyone. Particular meetings may focus either on planning or on a particular program.

Philadelphia PA IPL Local Chapter Meeting – March 2022

This month’s meeting will be held on March 8th:
Philadelphia’s Community Health Act Will Address Environmental Injustice
REGISTER HERE

Any plans to address climate change and shift our economy to clean energy must consider the impacts that burning fossil fuels and production of other industrial pollutants have had on the health and well-being of Philadelphians. Policies must redress this environmental injustice. The March meeting of PA IPL’s Philadelphia Chapter will address this topic. Our guest, Andres Celin, Outreach Director for City Councilmember Helen Gym, will discuss the proposed Community Health Act and the impact it could have addressing pollution and health threats in urban communities. Please join us for this timely and important discussion.

Andres Celin Bio:
Andres Celin has spent a decade working in education, youth development, social services, and community organizing in the Latino community in North Philadelphia. He is currently the Outreach Director for City Councilmember Helen Gym and is a Certified Trauma-informed Trainer/Practitioner with Lakeside Global Institute. Prior to his current role, Andres was the Lead Organizer at Youth United for Change, where he worked to develop the political leadership of young people in Kensington. He has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Haverford College, and a Master in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Community Health Act Description:
Councilmember Gym has introduced legislation aimed at redressing the environmental injustices suffered by Black and Brown communities historically overburdened by pollution. The Community Health Act would require the identification and mapping of ‘environmental justice communities’ based on past, present, and future pollution, environmental stressors, health vulnerabilities, and demographic factors.  Any permits for industrial use in or near these communities would require the City to conduct a “cumulative impact assessment” that looks at the actual impact of pollution in context before granting an approval — and empower the City to require mitigating steps to prevent harm.


The Philadelphia chapter of PA IPL is very active. Chapter volunteers plan workshops, services, and work in coalition with many other groups bringing faith voices to climate justice and clean energy transition efforts, and they bring climate justice voices to faith work. Their monthly meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM, and are open to everyone. Particular meetings may focus either on planning or on a particular program.

Preach In: Becoming Better Stewards of the Earth

Please join us for a presentation by a medical doctor from Physicians for Social Responsibility on Climate Change and Health, with explorations of Baha’i texts and teachings about stewardship.  People of all faith traditions are welcome — participate or observe respectfully as you are comfortable..  

004WHAT TO EXPECT:
We will say special prayers for the earth, read and reflect on the Baha’i Holy Writings on the Creation, ecological balance, and stewardship of the earth.  There will be a presentation on the Effect of the Climate change on our Health by a medical doctor from Physicians for Social Responsibility.

This is an informative program to assist us to do our part to respect, partake, safeguard the environment.  Therefore you are welcome to spread the word and invite anyone who is interested in such a program and topic.

NOTE: The Baha’is of Harrisburg held an event as scheduled during the Preach In weekend in February but slick roads and a discouraging forecast kept a number of people who had planned to attend home.  They have therefore arranged to offer the event again in May (almost always an ice-free month here in PA!).  People of all faith traditions are welcome.