We are working with Delaware Riverkeeper Network to pass New Jersey's Green Amendment and we need your help! Every person has a right to a clean and healthy environment, yet pollution and degradation are impacting every aspect of our lives. Please sign the petition urging the Assembly and Senate to support and pass New Jersey's Green Amendment.
The amendment will update the state constitution to recognize that “Every person has a right to a clean and healthy environment….”, that the State has a duty to serve as trustee of the state’s natural resources, and must conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all people.
For decades, the people of New Jersey have relied on federal and state legislation to protect their natural resources. And for decades, the laws have let them down. New Jersey water, air, forests, and other special places from the highlands to the pinelands have been allowed to degrade in ways that are harming people’s lives. Consider this:
- New Jersey’s natural resources have been calculated to provide on the order of $20 billion a year of economic value in the form of natural goods (such as food or products used for pharmaceuticals) and services (the flood storage or waste assimilation) they continue to be at severe risk.
- 2/3 of the state's public water systems are contaminated with some form of Perfluorinated chemicals, a known carcinogen.
- Families in 11 of New Jersey’s 21 counties, which have received an F rating from the American Lung Association, suffer from asthma, cancer and other respiratory and cardiac disease caused by air pollution such as smog.
- New Jersey has 114 Superfund sites and an additional 10,000 sites confirmed by the state to suffer from toxic contamination, including in and around residential communities, impacting community health and property values. Pollution and degradation is impacting every aspect of our lives.
The Green Amendment could change this. Take action today!