Clean Water Action's Environmental Justice Organizer Kim Gaddy discusses port expansion at the Port of NY and NJ on MSNBC including increased risks of air pollution and health issues without the promise of jobs and economic benefits for area residents who are receiving the environmental harm.
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.
For the past 10 years, developers and their friends in Trenton have made repeated attempts to overdevelop New Jersey's most precious open spaces.
Known as The Permit Extension Acts, this legislation aims to extend previously expired permits on construction projects from as far back as the 1990's well into the future. It avoids adhering to modern environmental and public health safeguards that were adopted over the past decade to better protect our water and apply lessons learned from recent severe flooding, snow and wind events like Super Storm Sandy.
Tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 18, both houses of the NJ Legislature are expected to vote on S2551/A3815, the 4th Permit Extension Act (PEA IV). Urge your legislators and legislative leadership to VOTE NO because it fails to protect our water and keep people out of harm's way!
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