Rachel Sica Meyer is the Ohio River Valley coordinator. After moving to a Pennsylvania township riddled with oil and gas infrastructure, Rachel began researching and collaborating with nonprofits to organize locally and spread the word about the harmful effects of the industry. She took advantage of opportunities, including an ABC interview with Terry Moran, to speak out about the need for protections and alternatives and continued these efforts as a candidate for supervisor of her township. Rachel believes everyone deserves a future with healthy and sustainable jobs and with an end to the unacceptable pollution that has negatively impacted residents’ health for decades. Her work with Moms has been featured by The Intelligencer, the Pittsburgh Independent, Pittsburgh’s Action News 4, and the Pittsburgh Union Progress. She has also written about her work for the Moms website.
Rachel is the mother of a young child and a certified teacher with a master’s degree in environmental education. She has taught all ages from preschool garden and nature classes through high school environmental science. Rachel has worked to empower students with the competencies and knowledge to actively address environmental challenges.
As the Ohio River Valley coordinator, Rachel addresses environmental challenges in her home state of Pennsylvania, in West Virginia, and in Ohio. She is particularly concerned with the threat of additional petrochemical buildout as companies use the region’s natural gas for the manufacturing of goods such as plastics. As an educator and a mom, Rachel cares greatly about the health of our children and is dedicated to work that repairs our relationship with the natural world so that they may have a better future.