Climate Impacts of Plastic with Leann Leiter and Jed Alegado (A-Z Impacts Series)

Our fourth and final Tackling the A-Z Impacts of Plastic Webinar will take place on Tuesday, August 18 and Thursday, August 20 as we take a closer look at the impact of plastic production on our climate.

Guest speakers for the month of August include Leann Leiter, Earthworks’ Pennsylvania & Ohio Field Advocate and certified optical gas imaging thermographer, and Jed Alegado, Senior Communications Officer for Asia Pacific of #breakfreefromplastic.

Our Tuesday webinar (August 18) will feature presentations from Leann and Jed, and our Thursday webinar (August 20) will give participants an opportunity to further the discussion and network with others.

Get more information and register to participate today here

This month’s event is Hosted by Brenda Jo McNamara, Indigenous Environmental Network and facilitated by Chrissy Stonebraker – Martinez

About the Presenters

Lean Leiter – Leann Leiter is Earthworks’ Pennsylvania & Ohio Field Advocate and a certified optical gas imaging thermographer. She partners with communities to expose the oil and gas industry’s air pollution in the Appalachian region and to advocate for protections for health and the climate

Leann, from rural Pennsylvania, is delighted to collaborate with shale gas communities in Ohio and Pennsylvania as the region’s Field Advocate.

She joined Earthworks in November 2017 after completing a research fellowship with FracTracker Alliance and the Environmental Health Project. In addition to the valuable experience she gained in that role, she brings to Earthworks a passion for achieving environmental and social justice through participatory, community-based research methods. Her fracking-related research has centered on topics including disaster preparedness, petrochemical development, and fracking’s household impacts.

Prior to completing an MA in Sustainable Communities at Northern Arizona University in 2016, Leann worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a grant and contract supervisor and as a Spanish-English translator.

Leann loves any excuse to be outside, and nurtures a major fascination with fly fishing, backpacking, foraging and gardening, and painting pictures of abandoned houses.

Jed Alegado

Senior Communications Officer, Asia Pacific

Jed is the Senior Communications Officer for Asia Pacific of #breakfreefromplastic. Since joining the movement in 2017, he has been instrumental in leading Asia Pacific’s communications work and in organizing capacity-building workshops on communications and campaigning for members in the region.

Prior to this role, he has worked with several non-government organizations namely in the global non-profit Oxfam where he led the media and communications for humanitarian responses during typhoon Bopha (2012), supertyphoon Haiyan (2013) and typhoon Ruby (2014). He also used to manage Project Agos, an online platform on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

He holds a master’s degree in Development Studies major in Agrarian, Food, and Environmental Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies part of Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague, Netherlands.

He also teaches post-graduate courses on leadership communications, conflict resolution and disaster risk reduction-climate change adaptation at the Ateneo de Manila University School of Government (ASoG) Master in Public Management Program where he earned his first post-graduate degree in 2014.

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