But Next Time is a report written by a group of leaders who have navigated multiple disasters for decades and are building tools and networks to strengthen our response to major storms and climate events. Our goal is to address both the immediate humanitarian needs on the ground and advance long term structural change and Read More »
ABOUT RISING SEAS
If you live here, you know our region is already impacted by flooding during high tides or bad rain storms. All the while, we have not recovered fully from Superstorm Sandy. More families have lost cars, homes and jobs to flooding since Sandy and subsequent storms. It’s high time we take action to mitigate the flooding we are facing. If we are able to avoid worsening climate impacts in the next 5-25 years it is possible many of our at-risk communities can learn to live with water. If we can’t, our communities will face serious challenges.
According to a 2018 report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, New Jersey is second in the nation, behind Florida, for most homes at risk from chronic flooding due to rising seas. Tidal flooding is worsening—with increased risk and damage when we have major storms. Over 60,000 properties in NJ could be at risk for chronic flooding by 2045.
Community members must be actively engaged in planning for the future of their homes and towns. We work to educate residents about the connection between the flooding they experience and the need for renewable energy, because we believe renewables are the offense to sea level rise, and while community mitigation and adaptation projects are the defense.
Good News and Bad News for Ida Recovery
Ida survivors identified key next steps coming out of our Community Meetings – and one key next step was getting grant funds moving to help families. As part of that, the New Jersey Organizing Project1 organized meetings with both Congressman Malinowski and Congressman Gottheimer and Ida survivors to discuss the impacts of Ida, mitigation issues, Read More »
What does Offshore Wind that Works for Our Communities look like?
The Jersey Shore is unique and special. Some of us call it home, some of us visit it frequently. All of us benefit from the tourism and fishing economies. Over the last 10 years we have seen severe weather become more frequent, our local businesses struggle and many of our communities are already living with Read More »
O.C. must be sustainable
O.C. must be sustainable / Press of Atlantic City / 4/18/21 Don’t allow solar to cover prime NJ farmland Expanding New Jersey’s use of solar power and other clean energy sources and decreasing reliance on dirty fossil fuel is essential. What isn’t essential is asking the nation’s most densely populated state — where precious open Read More »
To the Editor: For the Greater Good
To the Editor: For the Greater Good / The SandPaper / 4/14/21 To the Editor: In reply to the letter by Ken McKelvey, age 21, “Work for Wind” (3/31), it warms my heart to see letters from the younger members of our community taking a stand on the problems affecting our coastal community. Sea level Read More »
Twin Devastations of COVID and Climate Change
NJ is impacted by sea level rise more than many other places in the country and even the world. We also have seen some of the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in the country. Working together though, we now have some of the lowest numbers of cases. We can work together to become one of Read More »
Meet our Community Captains!
Five years before COVID-19 hit, the New Jersey Resource Project was formed to respond to what had been New Jersey’s biggest disaster – Superstorm Sandy. We learned a tremendous amount about the lasting impact of disaster on our physical, mental, and economic well being and what can be done to mitigate those impacts. In early Read More »
Under Water: New Jersey’s Battle for our Families and Future
“It is important for the people of New Jersey to realize the effects climate change is having on our community”- Tricia McAvoy, Brick Township-based community leader New Jersey is uniquely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. In particular rising sea levels, frequent flooding, and increasingly intense storms affect communities. According to the Washington Post, Read More »
In the Press: Rising Seas
COALITION OF GROUPS BUILDS CONSENSUS ON OFFSHORE WIND IN NEW JERSEY, Energy Foundation, 12/3/2019 “Coalition of Diverse Leaders Applauds Governor Murphy’s Bold Offshore Wind Announcement” New Jersey League of Conservation Workers, 11/19/19 The Fate of My Grandmother’s Home: Facing Sea Level Rise in New Jersey AMANDA DEVECKA-RINEAR, Guest Commentary UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS, 6/20/18 “I Read More »