As a coastal state, New Jersey is going to feel the impacts of climate change sooner than a lot of other places. This is especially true when it comes to sea level rise and flooding. (Both links highly recommended.)
Even though our Governor doesn’t talk much about how climate change will impact New Jersey, a lot of other people are. (Including the DEP: Read the June 2013 climate change impacts report.)
With that in mind, I wanted to share five really great NJ climate change resources that are under the radar, but shouldn’t be.
There are people all over our state who are working hard so that New Jersey will be stronger than the next storm. (And everything that climate change is going to dish up in coming decades.)
1. World-Class Scientists: The Rutgers Climate Institute
- —Check out their accessible NJ Climate Brochure.
- —Read their 2013 State of the Climate: New Jersey report
- —Sign up for their newsletter (box is at the bottom of the home page.)
- —The SBI’s next meeting is Feb. 4 from 1-3:30pm in Trenton.It will feature Jeana Wirtenberg, author of the new book Building a Culture for Sustainability-People, Planet, and Profits in a New Green Economy. She’ll discuss lessons learned from nine successful NJ-based global companies.Contact Athena Sarafides at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and more information.
- —Don’t miss ISE’s March 4 breakfast seminar features sustainability heavyweight John Ehrenfeld, author of Flourishing. RSVP and more information.
3. Strong Legislation: NJ’s 2007 Global Warming Response Act
A lot of people don’t know that NJ has a strong climate change law with GHG emissions targets already on the books. Well, we do.
4. Robust Collaborations and Partnerships: New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance
The alliance was formed in 2011 by a diverse group of concerned stakeholders who want to make sure that NJ is prepared for coming climate change impacts.
—Read their Dec. 2013 Climate Change Policy Gap Analysis Report: Resilience. Preparing New Jersey for Climate Change
5. World-Class Speakers: North Jersey Public Policy Network
Come to the Feb. 20 event with Geoffrey Feinberg from Yale University’s Project on Climate Change Communication and Climate Nexus.
It’s called “America’s Future: Communicating with our Neighbors on Climate Change.” Don’t miss this chance to hear and ask questions of one of the country’s best-informed researchers on why climate change is so incredibly hard to talk about. RSVP today.