New Jersey Area Climate Change Resources
The NJEJA (the Alliance)
was founded in 2001 by a broad-based group of community, (traditional) environmental, faith, labor, academic, and civil rights organizations and individuals concerned about the increasing siting of toxic and hazardous facilities in communities of color and low-income communities. Many of these communities (also called “EJ communities”) were already burdened with large concentrations of pollution and the adverse health, economic, educational, and overall quality of life impacts associated with pollution.
Quaker Earthcare Witness
Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) is a network of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in North America and other like-minded people who are taking spirit-led action to address ecological and social crises from a spiritual perspective, emphasizing Quaker process and testimonies, including continuing revelation.
Quaker Earthcare Witness Mini-Grants
QEW has grants available for Quaker projects that have the primary purpose of benefiting the environment and/or promoting environmental awareness and education among Friends and the larger spirit-led world.
PYM Eco-Justice Collaborative
Ecological destruction, income inequality and racial injustice cannot be treated as isolated concerns. We may be called to focus on different aspects of the whole, but without awareness of that whole, our work will fall short. Traditional Quaker testimonies highlight both the connections among these concerns and the imperative to act.
Renewable Electricity in New Jersey
There are two 100% renewable suppliers in southern NJ: Community Energy, based in Radnor PA, offers 100% renewable (99% PJM wind, 1% NJ solar) for an additional 2.7 cents per kilowatt hour. This is simply added to what ACE or PSE&G currently bills for “supply,” which is about 12 cents per kwh. To learn about Community’s particulars, go to their website and enter your zip code. Sterling Planet, based near Atlanta GA, offers Renewable Energy Certificates for small, medium, and large homes on their website: https://www.communityenergyinc.com/ and https://www.sterlingplanet.com/
NJ Community Solar
The Community Solar Energy Pilot Program will enable utility customers to participate in a solar energy project that is remotely located from their property. Program literature and additional information can be found below:
Ruth Darlington, co-clerk of the Eco-Justice Collaborative of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and Alden Meyer, who works to build coalitions for action on climate change at the national and international level, talk about ways they and others can become involved in the effort to address climate change. Alden and Ruth also reflect on how their beliefs as Quakers provide a strong foundation for these efforts. Suggestions for engaging elected officials are also included.
If your Meeting is involved with Climate Change we would love to hear from you!
Up Coming Events
Wednesday, May 19 7:00 - 8:30 pm Eastern/4:00 - 5:30 pm Pacific
Hayley Hathaway is Quaker Earthcare Witness' Communications Coordinator. She wants to talk with you about alternative economics, local climate activism, organic farming, and building a more dynamic and spiritually deep Quaker community.
Sunday, May 23 4:00 - 5:30 Eastern/ 1:00 - 2:30 Pacific
Beverly G. Ward, a member of Living Mirror Playback Theater, is the Field Secretary for Earthcare for Southeastern Yearly Meeting.
Wednesday, May 26
8:00 - 9:15 pm Eastern/5:00 - 6:30 pm Pacific
Quaker Earthcare Witness is hosting monthly online worship sharing groups in partnership with Friends General Conference. Together we are creating more opportunities for Friends to be in spiritual community with one another. Join with Friends from across North America over Zoom to worship together.