Archive for January 2022

Protecting forests that help fight climate change

By Tom Gilbert, Co-Executive Director In the fight against climate change, some of New Jersey’s most powerful weapons are tall, green and leafy. Trees, through their natural process of photosynthesis, pull harmful carbon dioxide from the air and emit oxygen. Carbon gets stored in the wood, roots and surrounding soil – keeping it out of…

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Serving up greater food equality in the Garden State

By Jay Watson, Co-Executive Director Everyone has to eat. But not everyone in New Jersey has equal access to fresh, healthy, nutritious foods. This state we’re in has many “food deserts,” or communities without places to buy groceries. Food deserts exist mostly in cities where supermarkets are scarce and lower-income households don’t have transportation to…

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Diverting parkland erodes public trust

By Alison Mitchell, Co-Executive Director Few things last forever. But one thing that MUST last forever is preserved land! Here in New Jersey, when towns, counties and nonprofits use state Green Acres funds to buy or improve land for public parks and open space, all of the parkland designated on their Recreation and Open Space…

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Flooding, pipelines, warehouses top 2021 NJ environmental news

By Tom Gilbert, Co-Executive Director If New Jersey were to have a 2021 poster child for climate change, it wouldn’t be a child at all. It would be a storm named Ida, which caused havoc and heartache by dumping up to 11 inches of rain on a landscape already saturated from previous storms. The remnants…

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