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Three Mile Island After 40 Years—Future of Nuclear Energy @ Harrisburg, PA - Polyclinic hospital board room
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm

PSR Pennsylvania will present a lecture/discussion by Eric Epstein, chairman of TMI Alert. Public is welcome.

New Research on Health & Climate Impacts of Shale Gas Development @ Harrisburg, PA - Unitarian Church, Clover Lane Campus
Jun 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Panel discussions covering recent publications including:

  • The Sixth Edition of Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking by Concerned Health Professionals of NY and Physicians for Social Responsibility that references roughly 1,750 peer-reviewed studies
  • Categorical Review of Health Reports on Unconventional Oil and Gas Development; Impacts in Pennsylvania written by Fractracker Alliance for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network
  • Burning the Gas ‘Bridge Fuel’ Myth: Why Gas Is Not Clean, Cheap, or Necessary by Oil Change International. Dr. Brian Schwartz, author of several studies summarized in the Compendium will speak about his work in Pennsylvania.

In addition, attendees will hear about a public meeting that will have been held the previous evening in the Canon-McMillan school district on childhood cancers in four counties in southwestern Pennsylvania that is being organized by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project and the need for a thorough investigation into the disproportionate number of cases of Ewing Sarcoma there.


Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., biologist, author, Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College, and co-founder of Concerned Health Professionals of NY
Brian Schwartz, M.D., M.S, Co-director, Program on Global Sustainability and Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins and Co-director, Joint Geisinger-JHSPH Environmental Health Institute.
Ned Ketyer, M.D., F.A.A.P., Medical Advisor for Southwestern Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project & PSR Pennsylvania board member
Lorne Stockman, Senior Research Analyst, Oil Change International
Karen Feridun, Co-Founder of the Better Path Coalition

This is a free public event. Doors open at 6:15.  Free parking is available onsite. Sponsored by the Better Path Coalition.

Peace Garden Visit @ Harrisburg, PA - Peace Garden
Jul 20 all-day

On July 20, the PSR Philadelphia board members will journey to Harrisburg and join the Harrisburg Board for a visit to the Peace Garden. After the tour, we will have brunch and then tour the Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg. For more information contact

Presentation by Dr. Ned Ketyer @ Harrisburg, PA - Polyclinic Hospital Landis Building
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm

Dr. Ned Ketyer, a prominent  pediatrician in Pittsburgh and a consultant for the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, has been conducting research in air quality and the health impacts of the proposed “ethane cracker plant” near Pittsburgh. Shell Chemical Appalachia LLC expects the Beaver County cracker plant to be operational in the early 2020s. It will “crack” ethane, one of the components of natural gas, to produce ethylene—the building block for plastics. The air quality of South-Western PA is already poor and there are more cancer cases there compared to other places in the state. Dr. Ketyer will explain his findings and answer questions about known health effects of “fracking and cracking”  natural  gas.

His talk is sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility/Harrisburg (PSR) and it is free to the public.

Pennsylvania Health Check-Up @ Harrisburg, PA
Nov 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join PSR Pennsylvania for an informative and innovative morning as part of our speed-learning series regarding the health impacts of the unconventional gas development industry.

Light breakfast and lunch included. 2.5 CME credits.

PSR Harrisburg Chapter Meeting @ Online event via Zoom
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm

Lindsey Lyons, Assistant Director for Sustainability at Dickinson College will speak on “How Dickinson became carbon neutral and what’s next?”

Virtual presentation and discussion with Lindsey Lyons from Dickinson College’s Center for Sustainability Education, on their commitment to combatting climate change, committing to educating for sustainability across the curriculum and becoming a carbon neutral institution of higher education. Learn what Dickinson has done to advance this commitment over the last decade, find out what’s ahead, and what best practices have we discovered that could help other in their own work, lives and practices. The session will include a short presentation followed by question and answer session.

Learn More in Advance:
Dickinson Website for Climate Action
Dickinson’s Carbon Neutrality Frequently Asked Questions

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Meeting ID: 387 943 977

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Candles on the Water @ Harrisburg, PA - Riverfront Park
Aug 9 @ 6:45 pm – 8:30 pm

You are invited to commemorate the 75th anniversary
of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Harrisburg on Sunday, August 9 – 6:45 – 8:30 p.m.

Location – Riverfront Park on Front Street across from John Harris Mansion

Sponsors – Pax Christi Harrisburg, PSR-Pennsylvania, Peacemaking Committee of Market Square Presbyterian Church,
Christian Churches United. PA Council of Churches and others

Program – Main Speaker – Bill Dallam who was on site in Nagasaki, 3 weeks after the bombing in 1945 with the Navy to measure radiation
Music, Liturgical Dance, Readings, Prayer, Proclamations from the Mayor and Governor, launching of candle boats into the Susquehanna River at sunset.

No fee. People will need to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets