Author Archives: Larry Schweiger

About Larry Schweiger

Larry Schweiger is the Past President and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens for PennFuture. Previously, he was President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation and earlier the CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Larry also served as the Executive Secretary of the Joint (House and Senate) Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and 1st Vice President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He returned to the National Wildlife Federation in March 2004 with a commitment to confront the climate crisis. He is passionate about protecting nature for our children's future. Larry continues the climate work as the battle moves to the states. Previously, Larry served for eight years as President and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, where he pioneered watershed restoration and promoted ecological research, land conservation, community outreach and Fallingwater restoration. In the past, Larry was the Executive Secretary of the Joint House/Senate Conservation Committee for the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Senior Vice President for Conservation Programs at National Wildlife Federation, and 1st Vice President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Larry wrote a book warning about climate change impacts on nature entitled: "Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth" that won 1st Prize for the best non-fiction at the 2011 Indie Book Awards. Larry started volunteering at age 14 and is an active community leader, having served on more than 40 governing boards, commissions and committees. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Climate Reality; the John Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment; and National Wildlife Federation Action Fund. In 2012, He was honored by the Blue-Green Alliance for the Federation's leadership on the auto rules and was selected as Pennsylvania’s Environmental Professional of the Year in 2002, Pittsburgh of the Year in 2000, and he received a Conservation Service Award from the Christian Environmental Association in September 1995. Larry is married and is blessed with three daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandsons.

Faith Leaders must speak out

The Big Lie: “Stop The Steal,” How Did We Get Here, And How Do We Get Out? By Larry J. Schweiger January 21, 2021 No Comments Scenes from the Jan. 6 siege at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo: Blink O’fanaye/Creative Commons) By: Larry J … Continue reading

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Move fast:

Congress Must Crush The Trump Insurrection  Scenes from the Jan. 6 siege at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo: Blink O’fanaye/Creative Commons) By Larry J. SchweigerPittsburgh Current Columnistinfo@pittsburghcurrent.com Inspired by Donald Trump and his Congressional acolytes, insurrectionists ransacked the U.S. Capitol on … Continue reading

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Trump needs to go…

Opinion Reclaiming Sanity: Lessons From The 2020 Hellscape By Larry J. Schweiger January 8, 2021 No Comments Pro-Trump insurgents in front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 (Photo: Tyler Merbler; creative commons) By Larry J. SchweigerPittsburgh Current Columnistinfo@pittsburghcurrent.com The nightmare with an unhinged … Continue reading

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Historic Change at the Interior Department

Schweiger: Biden Makes A Big, Important Change At Interior Department By Larry J. Schweiger January 5, 2021 No Comments Seb Haaland By Larry SchweigerPittsburgh Current Columnistinfo@pittsburghcurrent.com Few Americans may fully appreciate what a history-making moment this is for Native Americans and conservationists. President-Elect … Continue reading

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Exploiting Electoral System Flaws: Trump Has Successfully Divided America With Russia’s Help

“Let’s make this clear: Donald Trump lost. By a lot.” By Larry J. Schweiger December 18, 2020 No Comments Elector, Malcolm Kenyatta reading a resolution. Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar presided over the 59th Pennsylvania Electoral College meeting at noon Monday, Dec. 14. … Continue reading

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Post-Election Opportunities For Democrats To Reach Red States

By Larry J. SchweigerPittsburgh Current Columnistinfo@pittsburghcurrent.com The 2020 election has been crazy with Trump’s never-ending rage-filled seditious shenanigans to illegally alter the outcome. Still beyond the nonsense, some crucial lessons can and must be gained by the recent election, including … Continue reading

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The extreme right-wing of the SCOTUS are not public health experts, but they act like they are.

Schweiger: The Triumph Of Judicial Power By Larry J. Schweiger December 2, 2020 No Comments President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch in 2017. By Larry SchweigerPittsburgh Current Columnistinfo@pittsburghcurrent.com Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote a book entitled: “A Republic, If You Can Keep It.” In it, … Continue reading

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In The Face Of The Climate Crisis:

Biden’s Key Appointment And Proposed Transportation Policy  By Charlie Deitch November 25, 2020 No Comments By Larry J. SchweigerPittsburgh Current Columnistinfo@pittsburghcurrent.com A 2019 United Nations Environment Program report found that for the earth to stay within the 1.5o C threshold, all greenhouse gas emissions must … Continue reading

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It’s not America First, It’s Trump First:

Opinion The Cult Of Trumpism And The ‘Stop The Steal’ Lunacy By Larry J. Schweiger November 18, 2020 No Comments Demonstrators rally for President Donald Trump on the steps of the Pa. Capitol in Harrisburg. (Photo by Nick Keppler) By Larry J. SchweigerPittsburgh … Continue reading

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President Biden will put us back in…

We are Leaving The Paris Accord Today By Larry J. Schweiger November 4, 2020 No Comments By Larry J. SchweigerPittsburgh Current Columnistinfo@pittsburghcurrent.com Shortly after taking office in 2016, Trump announced that the U.S. would leave the Paris Climate Accord on November 4th, 2020. … Continue reading

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