Letter to Editor: Public to demand Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Energy


parsippany focusDear Editor:

My name is Johan and I’m part of the North Jersey Climate Coalition. We are a collection of organizations across Northern New Jersey bringing people together for the next climate strike. To demonstrate the growing awareness about the dire effects of climate change, the youth-led movement along with supporting adults are marching together on Friday, December 6, at 12:00 Noon, as part of this global event.

The event is a way for the public to demand Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Energy, and Justice for All. This follows the global strike on September 20 which more than 7 million people participated and the momentum has been building since.

NJ Transit has proposed a gas power plant in Kearny using $410M funds from the Hurricane Sandy disaster relief fund. This new plant will emit more than 500,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, a number made worse by the fact that New Jersey continues to be among the most polluted states in the country according to the 2018 American Lung Association report. Newark is also at the forefront of lead contamination in our water as we have seen in numerous publications this year.

In New Jersey we already had a huge win with Governor Murphy publicly voicing his opposition to the North Bergen power plant in the Meadowlands on October 9. But there is still much work to be done before New Jersey becomes a leader in renewable and clean energy. Join us in Newark on December 6th as we demand Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Energy and Justice for All.

RSVP by clicking here.

Johan Andrade