Whelan, others call attention to climate change issues

Lawmakers and others called Friday for action on the problem of climate change during a stop in Brigantine.

“Unless we act, 100-year events like Superstorm Sandy will become more frequent, more powerful, more destructive and more devastating,” said Sen. Jim Whelan, (D-2), Northfield.

Whelan and others gathered as a bus tour, “I Will Act on Climate,’’ made a stop in Brigantine.

“The science is clear. The evidence is right before us. If we want to preserve our Shore and our coastal heritage we need to take notice of the changes around us, and change our habits to protect our coast for our children and grandchildren and generations on down the line.”

The tour is on the heels of President Obama’s plan announced in June to deal with climate change problems.

It includes proposals to address carbon emissions, promote clean energy, improve fuel economy in cars, and provide loans so utilities can improve efficiencies.

“People across New Jersey have tragically seen the effects of our changing climate,” said Michael Passante, state director of Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, in a release. 

“As the president made clear in his Climate Action Plan, we must invest now to make our communities better able to withstand the next storm.”

He said that on Monday, a federal Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy will be released.

Among others participating in today’s event were Brigantine Councilman Richard DeLucry, Board of Public Utilities Commissioner Jeanne Fox, and Patrick Hossay and Ron Hutchison, professors of sustainability and biology, respectively, at Stockton College.

“We, as individuals, are all responsible for acting on climate change and for holding accountable those officials responsible for protecting us from the increasing risks associated with climate change,” Hutchison said.

Among the items highlighted by the tour participants:

*According to a recent DEP Report, 8 of the 10 worst storms in New Jersey history have occurred since 1999, and more events are likely to occur in the coming years.

*According to research from Rutgers University, the rise in sea level will approach 16 inches by 2050 and 44 inches by the turn of the century in 2100.

*Atlantic City is predicted to experience floods that happen only once a century every year or two by the end of the century.

Whelan, others call attention to climate change issues