The League of Women Voters of New Jersey traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to urge New Jersey's senators and representatives to support strong climate change legislation. LWVNJ board member, Nancy Hedinger represented the New Jersey League, meeting with senators and representatives to express the concerns of thousands of League members and voters across the state.
Oxfam America brought almost 100 "Sisters on the Planet" Ambassadors to Washington, D.C. to mark International Women's Day and advocate for climate legislation that includes substantial investments in vulnerable communities around the world.
"One of the most compelling and moving parts of the conference was when we heard from phenomenal women from Peru, Uganda, Senegal and Mississippi about how climate change has impacted their lives," Nancy Hedinger said. "It is vitally important that we voice their concerns to our federal representatives."
"The League has taken a strong stance on climate change legislation for a simple but important reason: without immediate action, the impacts on our planet — and our state — will be devastating," added Ms. Hedinger. "In New Jersey we are fortunate that some of our federal elected officials are concerned with climate change and repeatedly sponsor legislation that recognizes the disproportionate impact of climate change on women, but it is important that we, as voters, continue to lobby for effective solutions and think globally. As the world's largest per capita source of greenhouse gas emissions, the United States has a responsibility take the lead on setting firm limits, or caps, on greenhouse gas emissions — limits that decline over time to meet pollution-reduction goals."
In an effort to continue environmental protection efforts on the state level, the League of Women Voters of New Jersey will hold a conference on April 10 to explore alternative energy sources. The conference will take place 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and be held at the NJ Hospital Association Center located at 760 Alexander Road in Princeton.
The keynote luncheon speaker will be Governor James J. Florio who will be addressing New Jersey energy policy. Other speakers include Scott Minos, U.S. Department of Energy, and Arjun Makhijani, Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. Scott Minos will be sharing his expertise in energy efficiency and Arjun Makhijani will be covering smart grid technologies.
The conference is open to the public but registration is required and there is a fee which includes breakfast, lunch, and all conference materials. Register by visiting www.lwvnj.org or call 609-394-3303.
— ANDY LAGOMARSINO, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM