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Help Advance Passage of New Jersey’s Green Amendment

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Eager to Help Advance Passage of New Jersey’s Green Amendment? Great! Because we need your help.

Here are five things you can do:

#1 Write to your Assembly and Senate representatives in the New Jersey Legislature. They need to hear from you. Urge them to sponsor ACR85/SCR134 if they haven’t already, and to be sure to vote for its passage as soon as the opportunity arises. You can find suggested letter language and easily submit your letter online

#2 Sign our petition supporting passage of a New Jersey Green Amendment. This is a great complement to the letter you sent above because once we hit 10,000 signatures, we are going to do a big press conference and announce the high level of support. So please, go to the link and sign our petition, and then get your family, friends and community members to do the same: Sign the petition.

#3 Get others to sign the petition – share the link on social media, or print out a copy of the petition and take it with you to work, to coffee shops, to social gatherings or your kids’ events and ask others to sign the petition too. If they don’t want to sign the paper then remind them they can sign online. Once you have a completed sheet be sure to mail or scan and email copies to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (information will be provided on the sheets). You can print out a copy of the petition to carry around here.

#4 Encourage your municipality or county freeholders to pass a resolution in support of the Green Amendment. We have a model resolution you can use and lots of information we can share to support your effort. Be sure your officials send a copy of the passed resolution to their state Assembly and Senate representatives and send a copy to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (925 Canal St, suite 3701, Bristol, PA 19007, or email to keeper@delawareriverkeeper.org so we can keep track of the building support. And if you would like Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper and author of the book The Green Amendment to come speak to your targeted board of officials about the benefits of a NJ Green Amendment we can arrange that too. You can find a copy of the model resolution here.

#5 Write an opinion piece to your local paper expressing your reasons for support the proposed NJ Green Amendment. Opposition is building behind the scenes, help us show the politicians being targeted that there is no good choice but to vote yes to the constitutional recognition and protection of environmental rights.


Letter to Legislators

Environmental Rights Deserve Constitutional Protection!

The State of New Jersey is facing a historic opportunity.

New Jersey legislative leaders—Senators Greenstein and Bateman and Assembly members Pinkin, McKeon, Benson, Jasey, Zwicker, and Reynolds-Jackson—have introduced a bill to amend the state Constitution and enshrine every New Jerseyan’sright to a clean and healthy environment, including pure water, clean air, and ecologically healthy habitats,” and to protect these rights for “both present and future generations.”

For decades, the people of New Jersey have relied 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. A Constitutional provision could help change that.

In New Jersey the right to free speech, freedom of religion and other freedoms are protected as fundamental rights in the state constitution.  But New Jersey has NO constitutional provision protecting environmental rights in the state.

Establishing a civil environmental right will drive better government decision-making at all levels of government and will prevent situations or conditions in which land becomes too contaminated, water becomes too polluted, and air too dirty to support healthy lives, including a healthy economy.

In order to obtain this highest level of protection in New Jersey, the bill must pass through both houses of the New Jersey Legislature before the people of New Jersey will be given the opportunity to vote, through the following ballot, on whether or not their right to pure water, clean air and a healthy environment will be protected by the state constitution.

Right now, we need the Assembly and Senate to support and pass Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 85 and Senate Concurrent Resolution (ACR85/SCR134) currently before them. Every Assembly Member and Senator needs to hear how important this Environmental Rights Amendment is from their voters.

Write to your legislators today! Ask them to stand up for your fundamental environmental rights by co-sponsoring (ACR85/SCR134) and actively encouraging legislative leaders to bring up and pass the bill.

Use the form below to automatically be connected with your legislator and feel free to use the sample text provided or edit to make it your own!

Or you can write your own letter and send it directly via mail or email. Find your legislators here.


Write to your New York Representative Today!

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Environmental Rights Deserve Constitutional Protection!

UPDATE: the Assembly bill passed on April 28, 2018 and we now need to call on the Senate to pass the bill before them! Read below for more details.

The State of New York is facing a historic opportunity.

New York Senator David Carlucci and Assemblyman Steve Englebright introduced a bill in the Assembly and Senate to amend the state Constitution and enshrine every New Yorker’s “right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment,” as part of the Bill of Rights. The Assembly bill passed on April 28, 2018 and we now need to call on the senate to pass the bill before them.

It is commonly thought that New Yorkers have a right to clean water that is not going to make us sick, and to breathe air that won’t trigger health impacts like an asthma attack or lead to diseases like lung cancer and/or premature death. There is also a belief that there is a right for all to live, work and play in a protected environment. But the rights of New Yorkers to clean water, air and a healthful environment are not given the highest legal protection in the state of New York. In fact, the rights to free speech, freedom of assembly, to divorce, lotteries and even gambling are afforded higher recognition and protection in New York’s constitution than the peoples’ rights to clean water, clean air and a healthful environment.

For decades, the people of New York have relied federal and state legislation to protect their natural resources. And for decades, the laws have let them down.  New York water, air, and forests have been allowed to degrade in ways that are harming people’s lives. A Constitutional provision could help change that.

Establishing a civil environmental right will drive better government decision-making at all levels of government and will prevent situations or conditions in which land becomes too contaminated, water becomes too polluted, and air too dirty to support healthy lives, including a healthy economy.

In order to obtain this highest level of protection in New York, the bill must pass through both houses of the New York Legislature this year and again in 2019, before the people of New York will be given the opportunity to vote, on whether or not their right to pure water, clean air and a healthy environment will be protected by the state constitution.

Right now, we need the Senate to support and pass Senate Bill S5287 (S.5287(Carlucci)) currently before them. Every New York legislator needs to hear how important this environmental rights amendment is from their voters. Write to your representatives today and ask them to stand up for your fundamental environmental rights by co-sponsoring S.5287(Carlucci) and actively encouraging legislative leaders to bring up and pass the bill!

Two ways to write to your representative:

Use the form below to automatically be connected with your representative and feel free to use the sample text provided or edit to make it your own!

Or, you can write your own letter and send it directly via mail or email. Find your State Senator here: https://www.nysenate.gov/registration/nojs/form/start/find-my-senator



Tell PennDOT to save the historic Headquarters Road Bridge

Tell your federal and state lawmakers to stop PennDOT from destroying the historic Headquarters Road Bridge and damaging an Exceptional Value stream.
Bridge_Restored - Copy.jpegPennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration have submitted a Draft Memorandum of Agreement for the Headquarters Road Bridge project in Tinicum Township, Bucks County to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), the federal agency charged with protecting our nation’s historic resources
PennDOT and the FHWA plan to demolish the historic Bridge and replace it with a modern two-lane cement bridge. The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing resource to the Ridge Valley Rural Historic District.

Preservationists and many local residents oppose the replacement and experts have testified the bridge can be repaired to accommodate all of the community’s needs including emergency vehicles

PennDOT’s replacement plan will also inflict damage on the exceptional value Tinicum Creek, a tributary to the Delaware River.Delaware Riverkeeper Network staff and other experts have reviewed PennDOT’s plans and concluded that replacing the current structure will result in sediments being washed downstream and other significant degradation.  PennDOT’s replacement project could also alter the course of the Tinicum Creek through nearby properties.

With one simple click you can send a message now to Pennsylvania Senators Casey and Toomey, and your  federal and state representatives asking them to call on PennDOT to conduct a complete environmental impact study for this project.

After inputting your information below, please fill in the box on the next page with your own message.
 


We Need Congressional Hearings into the Abuses of Power and Law Perpetrated by FERC!

ferc stamp darkened.pngThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) operates as a Rubber Stamp on the pipeline infrastructure projects that come before it for review, with FERC approval being a foregone conclusion once the project goes before the FERC Commissioners for their vote.

Write your congressional representatives and members of the Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources and the House Energy & Commerce Committee now to urge their support for Congressional hearings into the abuses of power, process and law by FERC when it comes to interstate natural gas pipelines, their compressors and LNG export facilities.

Over 180 organizations, representing communities in more than 35 states across the country have urged such hearings, laying out in stark detail many of the ways FERC is misusing its power and the law on a daily basis in its biased reviews of fracked gas pipelines and its disregard of the rights of people, states and regulatory agencies.

Please join us in this Call for Congress to Act by holding Congressional hearings ASAP:

This is our chance to finally hold FERC accountable and show our leaders the destruction that it has inflicted on communities across the country through its systemic bias and reckless approval of pipeline projects and LNG export facilities. Write to Congress today and tell them that it’s time to hold congressional hearings on the extensive history of bias and abuse by FERC and to reform the Natural Gas Act which has been the source of FERC’s unbridled power.

Example of FERC’s abuses:
    •    Aggressive use of the power of eminent domain—taking property for private gain without a demonstrated public need
    •    Stripping states of their legal authority by leap frogging over it;
    •    Creating legal loopholes that put people in legal limbo, unable to challenge pipelines in court before FERC sends them in to construction;
    •    False public hearings that divide and conquer communities;
    •    Commissioners who approve projects that will benefit them personally;
    •    Supporting pipeline and consultant self-dealing;
    •    Never saying no;
    •    Never forcing compliance with community protection laws as projects proceed through construction;
    •    And on and on and on.....

Use the sample letter (with any changes, additions, or anecdotes you want to add) to tell Congress that these abuses must be formally investigated and that the NGA, which is currently the source of FERC’s power, must be reformed to protect the people and the environment—not the fracked gas industry!

In addition, any proposals to further streamline this already industry-biased process should be rejected.

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