New Jersey Resource Project (NJRP) partnered with a Stockton University sociology class this year to collect stories of Sandy survivors who are still battling flooding. NJRP has been talking to a large range of shore residents to connect the dots between flooding and the need for renewable energy so that we can slow rising temperatures. Stockton students spoke to eight survivors who understand that without offshore wind, tidal flooding will continue to get worse and our quality of life will deteriorate.
The students read, “The Long Road Home,” as part of their class assignment, and then were tasked with creating their own stories. Some of the students were impacted by Sandy or other storm flooding. NJRP partnered students with community members from their towns when it was possible. The story-telling experience was eye-opening not just in cases where they talked to survivors from different communities than their own, but for students who live on the land side of a coastal or river community. For so many, it is unfathomable that the road home after Sandy was so hard and in many cases, still not a reality
Stockton University released its own poll in October 2019 about how New Jerseyans view climate change, its impacts and solutions. The poll’s findings mirror many of our stories, and our findings in conversations with community members while canvassing neighborhoods.
Help us tell the on-going story of how we are still living in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, still recovering and striving for solutions to reverse these tumultuous climate trends. Please share these stories: newjerseyrp.org/category/underwater/
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It is unfathomable how our state and federal governments have failed us when we needed help. Sandy left a legacy of destruction that has never been addressed. What happened, will happen again and if there is no accountability for poor government response, we will be in an even worse place than we are now. Vote those who are responsible out and those who fleeced the homeowners with shoddy work, send them court to answer to the public.