America is reckoning with the fact that communities of color across the country have been treated far differently, and far worse, for far too long. Racism takes on many different shapes and forms in our country, and the situation isn’t any different in Pennsylvania.

For decades, our leaders have neglected to address rising greenhouse gas emissions that are changing the basic chemistry of our atmosphere in a way that is creating extreme weather and shifting our climate. These emissions come from transportation and industrial sources, but also power generation sources like the Montour coal-fired power plant.

Emily Gale is the director of civic engagement for PennFuture, a statewide environmental advocacy organization. She lives in Williamsport.

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