On Wednesday, Mayor Bill Peduto doubled down on his support of investing in green energy jobs and environmental cleanup, rather than fracking and plastics.

Peduto speaks out publicly for the first time against a petrochemical expansion in Western Pennsylvania

Local environmental groups have lobbied Peduto to speak out publicly against the petrochemical buildout in the region, including the Shell ethane cracker plant under construction in Beaver County, but he said in the past that the Shell cracker decision is not under his jurisdiction and he cannot speak for the elected officials and residents of Beaver County. Recently, the Pittsburgh Business Times reported that ExxonMobil is looking for land to potentially build a cracker plant in Beaver County. 

North Point, in St. Lucy, Barbados. (Photo by Jourdan Hicks/PublicSource)

Learning from Barbados, Pittsburgh collective builds local model for Black environmentalism

For eight days, Publicsource Community Correspondent, Jourdan Hicks, joined the Black Environmental Collective of Pittsburgh, as an observer on a learning excursion in Barbados to learn more about the collective’s work. Professionals from industries ranging from Education to Hospitality, all from around Pittsburgh, met to uncover the primary reasons Black Environmental culture and participation don’t have significant footing or representation in Pittsburgh.

Single-use plastic and air pollution: Two leading experts share their knowledge about climate change

This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. Read PublicSource's stories here. Climate change is a crisis that impacts us at both the global and local levels. The decisions of local and state lawmakers determine the type of materials that end up on our shelves and in our environment. The impact of pollution can vary depending on where you are, not just on a regional level but on a neighborhood level — meaning Pittsburghers don’t all experience the same consequences from pollution in the same way.