ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

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The Lesniak Institute advocates for environmental protection, training the next generation of American Leaders to fight for cleaner air and protection of our public parks and land.

Help us continue to advance environmental protection as The Lesniak Institute For American Leadership advocates for legislation across New Jersey and America.

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Dirty Trucks

We're fighting to pass legislation to block dirty trucks from harming NJ’s air quality and environment.

Background

The Lesniak Institute wants to pass legislation which would create the New Jersey Air Resource Board to would impose regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from heavy duty trucks that operate in the state of NJ. Asking Governor Murphy to allocate money from the Volkswagen Settlement to subsidize the independent truckers for 50% of the cost of replacing their dirty trucks with clean trucks.

Why Advocate

There are 6,000 heavy duty trucks that service Port Elizabeth, Newark and Bayonne that do not comply with emissions standards and are grandfathered under old less strict standards. Most of these trucks are owned by independent truckers who can't afford to upgrade their trucks to meet the stricter standards but are a major source of serious health effects on area residents.

Trucks called gliders are wreaking havoc on our ozone and causing pollution beyond repair. Glider trucks emit high amounts of nitrogen oxide into the atmosphere. This is putting everyone at risk but more particularly those who live along highways and in urban areas.

Ozone is an important element of the atmosphere while at a high altitude. Near the surface, while being affected by the pollution, ozone forms smog. When inhaled, smog can cause inflammation in a person's respiratory system.

Take Action

The Dirty Truck Ban has been introduced to the Senate Environmental Committee Chair Bob Smith and NJ Governor Phil Murphy. New Jersey residents please contact your legislators and urge them to advocate for The Dirty Truck Ban.

Contact Your Legislator

 

NJ Green Amendment

We are advocating to amend the NJ constitution to grant every person the right to a clean and healthy environment.

Background

Every person has a right to a clean and healthy environment.The State shall not infringe upon these rights, by action or inaction.This amendment would provide that the State’s public natural resources are the common property of all of the people. The State would serve as trustee of these resources and have a duty to conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all people.

The amendment would also provide that the State’s public natural resources, including its waters, air, flora, fauna, climate, and public lands, are the common property of all of the people, including both present and future generations. The State would serve as trustee of these resources and have a duty to conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all people.

Why Advocate

Parts of New Jersey have the worst air quality in the nation. New Jersey is at ground zero for frequent storm surges and flooding due to climate change caused by ozone emissions. Hurricanes like Irene and Sandy will continue to cause suffering and devastation. For the future health and safety of our residents SCR134/ACR85 the Green Amendment needs to be implemented. The right to a healthy environment should be a fundamental right guaranteed in the New Jersey Constitution.

READ THE RESOLUTION >>

Take Action

New Jersey residents please contact Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and urge him to move the NJ Green Amendment out of his committee in order to preserve the health of our residents and environment.

Contact Assemblyman Houghtaling

 

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