Environment

From the Pine Barrens to the Delaware Waterfront, South Jersey fosters New Jersey’s environmental treasures. We are concerned activities who are committed to supporting environmentally safe and science based policy in the South Jersey region. As a community of diverse women, geographically and socially, we connect via a Facebook group to share information regarding environmental justice and education, and habitat restoration and protection in South Jersey.

Join: ECO SJWPC Facebook Page

 

Take Action

  1. Understand the gubernatorial candidates’ opinions on environmental issues. A summary of the positions and voting information is available here.
  2. Trump’s proposed budget for FY 2018 will slash the EPA budget by more than 31%, gutting bedrock pollution protection programs and hobbling enforcement of basic clean air standards. This budget is a naked attempt to put power in the hands of polluters. We are outraged at this proposal. Please tell your Congressperson: This budget proposal is making me and my family sick.
  3. Currently our members are supporting:
    1. Join Jersey Renews and support the goals of fighting climate change, advancing clean energy, and securing good jobs and protections for workers and communities. Sign the Petition and demand that New Jersey’s elected officials commit to:
      1. Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions—New Jersey needs to cut economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions in a science-based, socially just manner with an implementation plan and clear targets. We need to cut emissions by 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050.
      2. Increasing Clean Energy—New Jersey needs to expand our renewable energy commitments aggressively. We need to reach at least 30 percent clean energy by 2025, 50 percent by 2035, and 80 percent by 2050 and use clear interim benchmarks to measure progress.
      3. Ensuring Good Jobs and Protections for Workers & Communities—New Jersey needs to protect existing jobs and create 100,000 new high-road jobs. New Jersey workers are among the most vulnerable to climate change, but they can also benefit the most from clean energy jobs.
    2. Support Temperature Control legislation. Sign the NJ WEC petition to show your support. Help us show that we support temperature control legislation that would require each board of education in New Jersey to adopt a written policy establishing temperature control standards and guidelines for how to proceed when temperatures exceed those thresholds within school district facilities. Temperature control legislation would ensure the creation of common sense plans to address this increasingly common hazard.
  4. Learn about the history of environmental justice in New Jersey. The New Jersey Council for the Humanities presents a brief history here. New Jersey environmental contamination and degradation is centered in urban, poor areas where minorities live. South Jersey women are dedicated to supporting environmental justice communities throughout the state.
  5. Volunteer with a Green Team to identify environmental problems and solutions in your town. Sustainable New Jersey supports community efforts to reduce waste, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and improve environmental equity. Find free trainings, workshops, and networking events here.

 

 

Other useful organizations:

Moms Clean Air Force is a community of parents urging elected officials to take action on climate change.

350.org is an international grassroots climate movement that holds leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice.

Jersey Renews is our state organization of Clean Water Action, a non-profit that works for health and environmental protections.

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance works to preserve the Pine Barrens ecosystem, promote public awareness of the values of Pinelands resources, and advance acquisition of land and by conservation agencies.

ReThink Energy NJ is diverse group of citizen leaders, researchers, economists, lawyers and scientists who have joined together to provide the facts on fossil fuels, pipeline risks and the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency in New Jersey.