Clean Water Currents|Online, Winter 2009, Volume 37, No. 1
One of the biggest winners in the November election was our nation's environment.
At every level significant pro-environment gains were made. From the U.S. House and Senate to critical state-level races voters turned out in historic numbers to vote for candidates endorsed by Clean Water Action-elected officials now committed to stopping global warming, protecting America's waters, and building a clean energy future for all Americans.
For most of us, our great water system is both out of sight and out of mind. The system, however, has become a huge industry that binds huge sections of our country to the old centers of our cities and back to the life-giving rivers that run through them.
In December member groups of the Coalition for Healthy Ports (CHPs, which NJEF chairs) and dozens of environmentalists, community activists, port drivers, and students conducted a truck count at various locations in the East and South Wards of Newark where port trucks first hit the local streets.
The Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) did a great job organizing truck counting in front of the Hawkins Street School and other neighborhood locations in Newark. Additional truck counting was conducted in the South Ward by the graduates of NJEF's Newark-based Urban Environmental Institute.
Who would have thought this time last year that Barack Obama would be President and our nation would be facing its worst economic crisis since the Depression?
Coupled with the international global warming and New Jersey's multi-year budget crises, we certainly have our hands full!
Fortunately there are solutions. The 2008 federal election results and upcoming 2009 state elections create the opportunity for change.