New Jersey Currents
Climate Change, Water, and Jobs
On September 21, Clean Water Action joined more than 400,000 people in New York City for the largest climate march in history, the People’s Climate March. “Climate change is water change,” says Clean Water Action’s New Jersey Director, Amy Goldsmith, “and if we want clean water for our future, we have to take action on climate now.”
When Congress first passed the 1972 Clean Water Act, it was with the understanding that all streams and wetlands can impact the biological, physical and chemical integrity of larger downstream waters. But starting in 2001, polluter-friendly court decisions and the agency actions that followed stripped away longstanding Clean Water Act protections, leaving critical resources vulnerable to pollution and destruction. We’re taking action here - you can too. Read more
Let's face it - festivals and big events produce a lot of waste. Think of all the single use items, like plastic and Styrofoam, we toss in the trash instead of recycling, reusing or even entirely avoid using. Everything that ends up in this "trash" eventually makes its way to our landfills and incinerators. These waste facilities are huge sources of water and air pollutants (dirtier than coal per kilowatt), linked to climate change and health disorders such as asthma and cancer.
That's why we teamed up with The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, NJ Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), and NICO Restaurant to make the Dodge Poetry Festival 2014 one of the greenest events in the Garden State! Over the course of four October days, downtown Newark was transformed into the largest poetry village in North America, with poets and audiences talking and mingling both inside the venues and outside, and food vendors providing a wide choice of food and drink.
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fields free of toxic chemicals
Thanks to the support of Clean Water Action New Jersey members, we had over 50 legislators sign on to co-sponsor the Safe Playing Fields Act (S541/A2143) this year.
Unfortunately, despite these co-sponsors and the support of parents throughout the state, the vote on this bill continues to be delayed. We need to send NJ legislators the message that ignoring children's health is unacceptable. Urge your legislators to pass the bill now.