Climate change will challenge US military, Hagel says
Rising sea levels and other effects of climate change will pose major challenges for America’s military, including more and worse natural disasters and the threat that food and water shortages could fuel disputes and instability around the world, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Monday.

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Gas boom from unrestrained fracking linked to emissions rise
An unrestrained global fracking boom that unleashes plentiful and cheap gas will not tackle global warming by replacing coal and cutting carbon emissions, according to a comprehensive analysis that takes into account the impact on the rest of the energy supply.

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the-dangers-of-frackingOur attention is divided by so many issues these days but support of bill A2108/S1041 that will prohibit the treatment, discharge, disposal or storage of wastewater and other byproducts of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” in New Jersey should not be overlooked. Many of us had already contacted our governor to encourage him to sign the bill that has earned bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. New Jersey is one of the nation’s most populated states and we cannot afford to have the safety of our water compromised. Learning how to deal with the contaminated waste of fracking is perhaps the biggest threat this process poses to water systems.  We are concerned about how the toxic waste containing known carcinogens (and yet whose composition is inexplicably protected by exemptions to the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act also known as the SuperFund, and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act) will affect the drinking water of our children and their children.


It is with great disappointment that Governor Christie’s vetoed a similar bill when it was before him in 2012 and has vetoed it once again despite the overwhelming support of legislators from his own party. No New Jersey treatment plants have been designed to treat wastewater from hydraulic fracturing and none of our facilities are permitted to process highly radioactive elements.


QUENCH is a fledgling grassroots effort, joining the over 80 (and growing!) number of groups concerned about our environment and the legacy we leave our children. We are raising our voices to let the governor know of our dissatisfaction with what appear to be excuses rather than reasons for failing to get behind our legislators.  This is not a partisan issue, we all drink water and we all shower.  We hope you will also find this an issue which, like ourselves, you believe cannot be ignored. Make sure your divided attention includes a call to legislators. Let them know we need to extend water protections and demand an over ride vote on the bill to Ban Frack Waste.

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The Great March for Climate Action – MARCH 1st – NOVEMBER 1st, 2014
Mar 1 @ 12:30 pm – Nov 1 @ 1:30 pm
Let’s Grab Coffee and Talk About Climate Change @ Isabel Rose Cafe
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm
Let's Grab Coffee and Talk About Climate Change @ Isabel Rose Cafe | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

After the historic People’s Climate March it is important to keep the momentum and climate conversation going. Sierra Club is hosting a series of gatherings at local coffee shop to celebrate, chat, and discuss climate change actions here in New Jersey. Join them at a community event near you in either Montclair, New Brunswick, Princeton or Bridgewater – Find out more about these events on the events page!

Fracking: An Educational Event for Board of Health and Environmental Commission Members and members of the community @ Mountain Lakes House
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Fracking: An Educational Event for Board of Health and Environmental Commission Members and members of the community @ Mountain Lakes House | Princeton | New Jersey | United States

The event is a fracking & fracking waste workshop designed for Environmental Commission, Board of Health members, community leaders and members of the public that will include a light dinner provided by the Whole Earth Center. The presentation will provide an overview of fracking, how fracking waste and natural gas infrastructure is already impacting communities throughout New Jersey, why a local ban is necessary to protect our communities, and how municipalities can ban fracking at the local level.