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Peoples Climate March. Photo by Greg Leshe

People's Climate Movement

May 5, 2017

Clean Water Action was honored to join over 200,000 people at the People's Climate Movement in Washington DC. Our New Jersey team joined NJ Sierra Club and Bus for Progress in hosting several buses that made the trip from New Jersey to Washington DC. We met so many energized folks, people from every race and age group, who came from all over the country for this one day movement to demand action for climate change and water change. Here are some of our favorite stories and photos from the day!

A rally in Annapolis in March 2012 for the Maryland Offshore Wind Act

Maryland needs offshore wind!

March 16, 2017

Five years ago, as a student at St. Mary's College of Maryland, I spent much of March calling legislators and traveling back and forth from St.

Fairfax County Leadership Needed to Fight Climate Change

February 14, 2017

The economic and social impact of climate change on our communities cannot be understated. With the risk of increased flooding and drought, and the Trump Administration’s promise to scrap regulations restricting production of fossil fuels, the need for local authorities and community-based organizations in the development of climate mitigation and adaptation strategies has never been this urgent.

Climate change forum at Sen. Blumenthal's office

In the streets and in our Senator’s office, we will not be silent

January 30, 2017

I never thought being packed in a massive sea of people for hours on end would be so inspiring!

Danger Sign / photo: flickr.com/yaffamedia (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Myron Ebell as New EPA Pick: The Fringe in the Driver Seat

November 15, 2016

It cannot be overstated how much of an outlier Myron Ebell’s views are on climate change.

Debris in Maryland Photo by Jennifer Kunze

Flash flood shows need for better stormwater restoration plans

August 3, 2016

On Saturday, July 30th, a flash flood devastated Ellicott City. Approximately six inches of rain fell in two hours, which carried away over 100 vehicles and caused millions of dollars of damage to the City’s roads, sidewalks, and buildings. Not only was there severe destruction of infrastructure, but the storm also killed two people who were swept away by the water.

Baltimore Oil Train Action July 2016 (Jennifer Kunze, Clean Water Action)

Baltimore Oil Trains Week of Action

July 11, 2016

Wednesday, July 6th marked the third anniversary of the deadly oil train explosion in Lac-Mégantic, when 47 people lost their lives in the fires caused by train cars carrying crude oil derailing and breaching in the center of their town.  In commemoration of this tragedy, over 60 communities across the continent put at risk by oil trains are holding vigils and protests this week to draw attention to the deadly risks of these shipments. In Washington DC,  we j

Christie Administration Floods the Garden State

June 2, 2016

Right now, over 90 percent of New Jersey's waters do not meet one or more water quality standards. These standards are set by New Jersey under the law and the state is obligated to meet them.

So, one would think that our state government would be doing all they can to improve the quality of our water by ensuring the standards are enforced. Nope. They are, in fact, doing the complete opposite.

Methane flare, black smoke. Photo credit: Leonid Ikan / Shutterstock

A Good Day for Public Health and the Climate

May 12, 2016

Today is a good day for public health and the climate. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the first-ever national limits on dangerous methane pollution spewed by the oil and gas industry.

Supporters of Energize RI's carbon pricing bill gather outside the statehouse on Lobby Day.Photo by Kai Salem

Diving into the Legislature

May 5, 2016

You never know what you might run into when activists descend on the statehouse for the Environment Council of Rhode Island’s (ECRI) annual Lobby Day.

Last Wednesday, I was greeted in the rotunda by a group of our allies in the Energize Rhode Island coalition wearing snorkels to demonstrate the kind of gear we’ll all need if we don’t fight the sea level rise that is resulting from Climate Change.