Category Archives: ECJC

Environment and Climate Justice

Watch DiCaprio’s Before the Flood film on saving the planet from climate change for free via NatGeo

Source: still from Before the Flood
Academy Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio is a UN Messenger of Peace and now a producer of the documentary Before The Flood. In this film, DiCaprio takes us on a journey to see how climate change is evolving due to human actions, and he reveals how we are empowered to act to prevent it from permanently and chaotically disrupting life on our planet for nature and people.

Before the Flood debuted on the NatGeo channel on 30 October 2016 and is available free for viewing on the National Geographic Channel and YouTube.

Talking about #BeforeTheFlood across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will earn donations to Pristine Seas and the Wildlife Conservation Society (up to $50K each)

The New Meadowlands development project progresses – sign up to get involved or to just get news

New Meadowlands
Source: Rebuild by Design

#1 Get news about Meadowlands redevelopment

The New Meadowlands Coalition formed out of several groups that have been advocating since Superstorm Sandy to get Meadowlands region residents back in their homes; get clean-up and repairs done in the area; monitor the progress of the Rebuild by Design competition and track the recent award of an implementation contract to a vendor selected by the DEP, who will be overseeing the Meadowlands development project that is about to begin. The project’s funding source is the EPA.

If you are a community member or ECJ advocate wishing to receive updates from the New Meadowlands Coalition or to learn how to influence the selection of the redevelopment option for the region, please fill out this brief form.

#2 Apply for a seat on a DEP (CAG)

You can have a voice in shaping the design for this project. If accepted, you will take part in meetings to help identify the unmet needs of your community and share information between your neighbors and the project leaders.

Apply by contacting your mayor, cc’ing the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection TODAY:

Moonachie: Dennis Vaccaro 201-641-1813

Little Ferry: Mauro D. Raguseo 201-641-9234

S. Hackensack: Walter Eckel Jr. 201-440-1815

Teterboro: Nicholas Saros 201-288-1200

Carlstadt: Will Roseman 201-531-7199

CC the NJDEP Representative Kerry Pflugh or 609-633-7242

Contact the New Meadowlands Coalition
Reach us by emailing Sally Gellert or drop by a monthly meeting on first Tuesdays 10-11:30am at St. Margaret’s. Follow signs for the VOAD Office once you’re inside the building or phone 201-477-8711 for help locating us.

RIC St. Margaret of Cortona
31 Chamberlain Ave.
Little Ferry, NJ

About the CAG

β€œIn June 2015, the ESC formed an Outreach Subcommittee consisting of State and local officials tasked with developing a Citizen Outreach Plan (COP) and identifying citizens to serve on a Citizen Advisory Group (CAG). The COP will outline how the general public, municipal officials, community organizations and the academic community will engage and collaborate with the NJDEP in the RBDM planning, design and implementation processes. The CAG will consist of interested members of the public from the five (5) municipalities and will also include vulnerable and underserved populations, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and persons with limited English proficiency. Participants in the CAG will take part in meetings to help identify the unmet needs of the community. The ESC anticipates that the COP will be finalized in January 2015.”

Some information provided by Rebuild by Design. Additional information here.