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.
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.
We need stronger, not weakened, laws to protect our air, water, land, and public health. Consider this: