PITTSBURGH, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future
(PennFuture) today formally launched the organization's podcasts and blog,
called "Voices of Pennsylvania's Future," with two timely series - one, a six-
part series from the United Nation's Global Warming Conference, held earlier
this month in Montreal, Canada; and another from Harrisburg, featuring details
on the attempt by some members of the legislature to demolish Pennsylvania's
Clean Vehicles Program, and the complete press conference by a bi-partisan
group of legislators determined to protect the program. The podcasts and blog
are available at http://pennfuturepodcast.org.
"We are delighted to bring our message to a new generation of supporters
through our podcasts and blog," said John Hanger, president and CEO of
PennFuture. "And it gives our staff and volunteers a terrific chance to spread
the word that every environmental victory grows the economy, and to fulfill
our mission -- to create a just future where nature, communities and the
"Joy Bergey, our global warming outreach coordinator, did a wonderful job
in Montreal, both representing the interests of Pennsylvania's citizens, and
corralling speakers to appear on our inaugural podcasts," continued Hanger.
"Despite the refusal of the U.S. State Department to cooperate with the
conferees, Joy really brought home the breadth of support for action on global
warming, not just in other parts of the globe, but here in Pennsylvania, too.
Her podcasts feature Pennsylvanians famous, such as State Representative Greg
Vitali, and not so famous, such as the former Scranton resident now working
with the Inuits; U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), detailing his plans to
move legislation through the Congress; the Deputy Mayor of London, talking
about the new congestion tax, which has worked wonders to clean up London's
air; Inuit and Ponca tribe activists and religious leaders. And, in a clear
case of turn about being fair play, Joy also interviewed Steve Curwood -- the
executive producer and host of National Public Radio's award-winning weekly
environmental news program Living On Earth.
"Our clean cars postings and podcast by PennFuture Vice President Jan
Jarrett bring light to an issue that is mostly generating heat in Harrisburg,"
continued Hanger. "We hope visitors will explore the site, and post comments
to the blog. In this way, we hope to help restore participation to our
democracy in Pennsylvania."
For the uninitiated, podcasts are short interviews or commentary that can
be automatically downloaded to a desktop, an iPod, other MP3 players and even
some cell phones. Podcasts can be audio (like radio) or video (like
television). A blog, which is short for weblog, is a public commentary/debate,
often posted in conjunction with podcasts. Anyone can submit comments to the
blog, although a valid email address is required. The current easiest way to
find podcasts is by downloading free software (such as iTunes, from
http://www.apple.com), and following the onscreen instructions. To
automatically receive all PennFuture podcasts as they are posted online,
simply type http://pennfuturepodcast.org/rss into the software. PennFuture
podcasts are listed in iTunes and most other podcast directories.
PennFuture is a statewide public interest membership organization that
advances policies to protect and improve the state's environment and economy.
With offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, West Chester and Pittsburgh,
PennFuture's activities include litigating cases before regulatory bodies and
in local, state and federal courts, advocating and advancing legislative
action on a state and federal level, public education and assisting citizens
in public advocacy.