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Fighting Against Fossil Fuels for Justice: Biophilia at the Phipps

Event-Date: 
Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 6:00pm

Join us for a discussion on the fight for environmental and economic justice on the frontlines of fossil fuel extraction.

Meeting is free, but advance registration is required. RSVP on The Phipps Meetup page.

Experience a snapshot of what life is like in communities surrounded by fossil fuel extraction with few economic opportunities. Veronica Coptis, executive director of the Center for Coalfield Justice, will discuss community struggles, victories and ongoing battle for economic and environmental justice in Greene and Washington Counties and how you can stand in solidarity with communities that are directly impacted.


Meet the Speaker

Veronica Coptis joined the Center for Coalfield Justice (CCJ) staff in March 2013 as a community organizer. She now serves as the executive director. Veronica grew up in western Greene County near the Bailey Mine Complex and currently lives in the eastern part of the county. Before joining the CCJ staff, Veronica served on the Board of Directors for CCJ and organized with Mountain Watershed Association. She received a bachelor's degree in biology from West Virginia University and is chapter chair for the Pennsylvania Chapter of Sierra Club. She enjoys hiking and geocaching at Ryerson State Park and other areas around Greene County with her husband and daughter. Read more about Veronica in a New Yorker Magazine profile.

Meeting Schedule
5:30 – 6 p.m. Networking and refreshments

6 – 6:30 p.m. Presentation

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Discussion

Event-Place: 
Phipps Conservatory
Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
United States