Zwicker, Faith Leaders Call for Action to Protect Environment

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker and leaders from various local faith communities on Sunday called for increased action in the fight against climate change and the effort to protect the environment.

“Good schools and safe neighborhoods for our children are important, but even the best education and the cleanest streets aren’t enough if our kids are drinking contaminated water and breathing polluted air,” said Zwicker (D-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). “Any plan to secure a brighter future for the next generation has to include a focus on the environment.”

Concerned citizens from across the 16th Legislative District gathered at the North Branch Reformed Church in Bridgewater to discuss the common obligation among people of different faiths to care for the planet.

“There is no option but unity when it comes to standing up for the earth we share,” said Zwicker. “Regardless of race, color or creed, the state of the environment affects us all.”

In addition to Christian, Jewish and Muslim houses of worship in Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset counties, the following organizations sponsored the event: the Raritan Valley chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Food and Water Watch – New Jersey, GreenFaith, Green Muslims, Jersey Re-news, the New Jersey Audubon Society, the Raritan Headwaters Association, the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club.