Clean Water Virtual Conference & Webinar Series - Speakers

Clean Water Action's Virtual Conference Panels

Healthy Democracy, Healthy Environment

Learn how the census, redistricting, and NJ power politics impact environmental decision making and policies. We have assembled a panel of local organizers and experts to walk us through essential reforms. Learn how you and your family can help make the democratic process and NJ politicians work for ALL of us as we fight for our state's environmental future.

  • Imani Oakley, N.J. Legislative Director & Regional Organizer, NJ Working Families
  • Helen Kioukis, Program Associate and Lead Organizer for the Fair Districts NJ Campaign for the League of Women Voters of New Jersey (LWVNJ)
  • Peter Chen, Coordinator, Census 2020 NJ Coalition & Policy Counsel, Advocates for Children of New Jersey

Watch the Healthy Democracy, Healthy Environment panel now!

Taking Climate Action: A Virtual Seminar Series

For five Tuesday nights in a row beginning on March 31, from 7 - 8 pm, we hosted  a LIVE online series of informative speakers and calls to action to tackle the climate crisis. We can't gather in person, but we can still work together to advocate for our planet's future.

March 31: Water in a Changing Climate

The Water in a Changing Climate panel will feature Lynn Thorp, Clean Water Action’s National Campaigns Director, and Amy Goldsmith, our New Jersey State Director. Lynn and Amy have over 70 combined years of environmental, toxics and clean water organizing experience. Learn about how climate change equates to water change, and how a changing climate will affect public health, drinking water and New Jersey communities.  Watch the video now.

April 7: Consumer Footprints

Learn how the things we buy, use, and consume are not only creating a global plastic pollution crisis but are also contributing to climate change. Clean Water Action's ReThink Disposable coordinator Maura Toomey will explain how consumption based carbon emissions inventories help to reveal more systemic solutions to waste and climate issues that go beyond individual consumer behavior changes. Watch the video now.

April 14: The Green Youth Movement 

Hear straight from some of NJ's youth leaders about the climate youth movement, what the Green New Deal means to them, and what they have been working on locally. You'll receive another email from Zoom shortly with the link to access tonight's conference so that it will be near the top of your inbox and because they are tailored to each individual registrant. Led by three amazing NJ High School students active in their schools and communities, Ritwik Tati, Audrey Watson, and Aurora Yuan. Watch the video now.

April 21: Black Carbon & Dirty Ports

Black Carbon (soot) is a highly potent warming agent and second largest contributor to climate change after CO2. Black carbon is also recognized by the World Health Organization as a human carcinogen. When it lands in our lungs, it causes premature death from cancer, respiratory disease, asthma, heart attacks, and strokes. This is especially true in communities of color and low income neighborhoods (environmental justice, EJ, communities) where industrial operations and NJ's ports, the largest on the East Coast, are concentrated.

Hear from Kim Gaddy, Clean Water Action's Environmental Justice Organizer, and Wynnie-Fred Victor Hinds, co-chair of the Newark Environmental Commission about the 18,000 trucks go in and out of Port Newark/Elizabeth every day. Electrification of the goods movement is essential to mitigating climate change in the next ten years, as well as protecting the well-being of the local residents and drivers who breathe dirty diesel port and highway fumes every day. Watch the video now.

April 28: Equity in a Green Grid 

There are tremendous opportunities from new jobs to decreased air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in a transition to a new clean energy economy. Hear from NJ Board of Public Utilites Deputy Chief of Staff Christine Sadovy, and Clean Water Action's  NJ Campaigns Director, Eric Benson, about programs we can support to ensure that low income and minority communities are not excluded from these new opportunities. Join the discussion about how we democratize energy that empowers low income households and raises the floor for everyone. Watch the video now.