Newark, NJ: Our Planet, Our Future - March and Rally
Start: Monday, June 05, 2023• 4:00 PM
Our Planet, Our Future: New Jersey Call to Climate Action
Despite the worsening climate crisis and our state's commitment to protect environmental justice communities, two of Governor Murphy's own agencies are proposing to build new dirty gas power plants in the region's most pollution-overburdened communities.
Rally with us on Monday, June 5, in Newark to tell Governor Murphy: No new gas plants in North Jersey!
We'll gather at Downbottom Farms in Newark, and march about one mile to Riverfront Park, which sits near both sites of the proposed gas plants, where we'll rally to call on Governor Murphy to walk his talk on climate and stop these toxic proposals! We'll have rides available if joining the march is not accessible for you.
We'll share specifics on the march route, schedule, and transportation with all RSVPs.
This action is part of Our Planet, Our Future, a week of actions calling on Governor Murphy to stop the seven proposed dirty energy projects threatening New Jersey.
The Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission ("PVSC") is proposing to build a new gas plant at their massive wastewater treatment facility in the Ironbound Community. If built, this would be the fourth dirty gas plant in a community that already suffers from the disproportionate health impacts of these gas plants and dozens of other toxic sites.
NJ Transit is also seeking to build a new gas plant in the Kearny Meadowlands in the middle of pollution-overburdened communities in East Essex and Hudson Counties. This plant is to provide backup power to trains – a goal that could be met with renewable energy alternatives – and would also run 24/7 to sell power into the grid.
Instead of pouring a massive amount of public dollars into fossil fuel projects, both of these public agencies should put their resources into forward-thinking renewable energy alternatives that won't harm public health.