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.

Toxic Money and the 2020 Elections

By: Larry J. Schweiger As we approach the 2020 elections, American voters are being inundated with propaganda paid for by secret money sources including Russian trolls, corporate polluters, and elements of the neo-aristocracy that are overwhelmingly pro-Trump. This is a … Continue reading

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We need strong unions now more than ever…

Modern Union Busting, And The Decline Of The Middle Class By Larry J. Schweiger May 5, 2020 No Comments By Larry J. Schweiger Workers in slaughterhouses, frontline bus drivers, transit operators, and essential grocery store clerks did their jobs during this past month. … Continue reading

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Earth Day 50-A Reflection

By: Larry J. Schweigerinfo@pittsburghcurrent.com It has been fifty years since the first Earth Day when protesters, wearing gas masks and dressed in black, carried a coffin down Pittsburgh’s Fifth Avenue. They protested the air pollution that plagued the region. Some … Continue reading

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When Science Spoke, Rachel Carson Listened:

Why Can’t We? By Larry J. Schweiger April 21, 2020 No Comments Rachel Carson and Bob Hines conducting research off the Atlantic coast in 1952 By Larry J. SchweigerPittsburgh Current Columnistinfo@pittsburghcurrent.com On this the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Rachel Carson stands out … Continue reading

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In Search of Justice in the Midst of a Pandemic

By Larry J. SchweigerPittsburgh Current Columnistinfo@pittsburghcurrent.com We are witnessing food insecurity in Pittsburgh. Thirteen hundred vehicles lined up for two boxes of emergency family food from the Food Bank, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Allegheny Fayette Central Labor Council. When a … Continue reading

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Trump Prioritizes Oil in the Pandemic

By Larry SchweigerPittsburgh Current Columnistinfo@pittsburghcurrent.com On a day when America set a record for deaths, many are rightfully questioning what the Administration is doing to address the National Emergency. In the middle of the pandemic, President Trump spent his afternoon … Continue reading

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American Exceptionalism And The Age Of Trump

By: Larry J. Schweiger A French social observer and historian, Alexis de Tocqueville touring America recorded his lucid observations of pioneering America. In his book Democracy in America (1840), Tocqueville characterized America as “exceptional” when he wrote, “The position of … Continue reading

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