Beyond Voting

OK. So because of the quirky Electoral College, America just elected an unqualified, anti-environment bigot to be the Leader of the Free World. We’re stuck with him for four years – a tragic sequel to the generally successful and positive term of Barack Obama.

But hand-wringing does not change that. Post-election protests do not change that. (By the way, I wonder how many of these protesters actually did the hard work on knocking on doors and making phone calls before the election).

There are ways to reverse or at least slow down the draconian Trump agenda. Change Congress in two years. Put pressure on your state legislators where appropriate. Volunteer. Open your pocketbook.

There’s a lot to do. Let’s concentrate here on our endangered environment. Christie has been a disaster. New Jersey’s leadership in solar power has eroded over the last eight years. He has stymied the development of wind turbines off our coast. Dangerous pipelines are on the rise while resilient distributed energy systems are taking a back burner.

You can vote Christie out next year and Trump in four years. But there are things you can do now. Here in New Jersey, there are several organizations that are fighting for clean air and water, and you can help with your wallet and with your time. Here’s a list of just a few such organizations. Every one of them has been under attack by the Christie administration in one way or another. Call them. Volunteer. Or just send them some money – maybe what you spend over two weeks at Starbucks or the local movie complex. Consider it an investment in your children’s health.

Sierra Club New Jersey Chapter

Website: http://www.sierraclub.org/new-jersey

Mission:

  • To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth;
  • To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources;
  • To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environments.

New Jersey League of Conservation Voters

Website: http://njlcv.org/index.html

Overview:

We are a non-partisan, statewide organization dedicated to holding elected officials accountable for all their actions that impact our precious natural resources. We accomplish this by:

  • Educating, engaging, and mobilizing voters with objective and accurate information about their elected officials’ records on environmental issues;
  • Working to elect the most environmentally responsible candidates to office;
  • Increasing the political efficacy of the entire environmental community through greater collaboration and a sharper strategic focus;
  • Advocating sound policy-making that safeguards the health of New Jersey residents and protects the beauty of our state; and
  • Elevating the importance of environmental issues in public discourse.

Environment New Jersey

Website: http://www.environmentnewjersey.org/home

Environment New Jersey is a citizen-based environmental advocacy project of Environment America. We believe there’s something special about New Jersey — something worth protecting and preserving for future generations.

New Jersey Highlands Coalition

Website: http://www.njhighlandscoalition.org/

Mission:

Our mission is to represent their common goal to protect, enhance and restore the New Jersey Highlands and to preserve the quality and quantity of drinking water both for the 850,000 people in the Highlands as well as the more than four million people in surrounding areas who depend on Highlands water.

Pinelands Preservation Alliance

Website: http://www.pinelandsalliance.org/

Goals:

  • Preserve the Pine Barrens ecosystem, its plants and wildlife, its water, and its landscape throughout the Pinelands National Reserve.
  • Promote wide public awareness of the values of Pinelands resources and issues involved in their preservation.
  • Advance permanent acquisition of land and development rights by private and public conservation agencies.

People over Pipelines

Website: http://www.peopleoverpipelines.com/

Mission:

People Over Pipelines is a community-based civic action organization which is doing educational outreach, lobbying, and watchdog activities to stop the Transco-Williams’ Garden State Expansion (interstate gas transmission pipeline) and the New Jersey Natural Gas’ Southern Reliability Link (intrastate gas transmission pipeline).

Rethink Energy NJ

Website: http://rethinkenergynj.org/

Mission:

We inform and empower New Jersey citizens and decision-makers about the need for a swift transition to home-grown, efficient and renewable energy, and reduced use of dirty fossil fuels and pipelines that threaten our land, water, health and communities. We promote environmentally sound planning and siting for renewable energy infrastructure.

Photo credit: Carleton Montgomery – Pinelands Preservation Alliance

Comments (3)

  1. Pat

    Don’t forget Save Barnegat Bay and Barnegat Bay Estuary.

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  2. ken bank

    Next to CD5, the most competitive district is CD3 and if 2018 is like 2006 when Dems won both House and Senate in a backlash against the Bush Administration, there’s a good chance we can flip this district with the right candidate. I’ll say this much for Fred LaVergne, he gave a good speech and emphasized the right issues when he spoke in southern OC a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, he had personal issues which prevented him from being an effective candidate. We need somebody like Herb Conaway, but if he is adamant about not running then we need to start now recruiting somebody who can carry Fred’s issues but without the personal baggage.

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