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Earth Day

Since America's first official Earth Day on April 22, 1970, New Jersey has become one of the leaders in recognizing environmental problems and developing creative solutions. The state was the third in the country to consolidate existing programs into a unified major state agency to administer environmental and conservation efforts. Established by law on that initial Earth Day, the NJ DEP began managing natural resources and solving pollution problems. Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated annually on April 22nd, both nationally and internationally.

  • Birth of the EPA
    It may be hard to imagine that before 1970, a factory could emit black clouds of toxins in the air or dump tons of toxic waste into a nearby stream, and that was legal; they could not be taken to court to stop it. This was possible because there was no EPA, no Clean Air Act, no Clean Water Ac; in fact there were no legal or regulatory mechanisms to protect our environment. In the spring of 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day as a way to force this issue onto the national agenda. Twenty million Americans demonstrated in different U.S. cities, and it worked! In December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency to handle environmental issues, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Earth Day 2014: Green Cities
    This Earth Day Tuesday, April 22, 2014 will focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever. Therefore Earth Day 2014 will seek to do that through its global theme of Green Cities. With investments in sustainable technology, forward-thinking public policy, and an educated and active public, we can transform our cities and create a sustainable future. As the global organizer behind Earth Day, Earth Day Network creates tools and resources for everyone to get involved with Earth Day in their communities.

Environmental Websites

  • AIRNow
    Provides information about air quality including the Air Quality Index, real-time ozone quality maps, and also links to air pollution control agencies, educational information.
  • Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center
    CDIAC's offers records of the concentrations of carbon dioxide; the role of the terrestrial biosphere and the oceans in the biogeochemical cycles of greenhouse gases; emissions of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere; long-term climate trends, and more.
  • Clearinghouses and Hotlines
    A-Z index of clearinghouses and hotlines from the Environmental Protection Agency.
    This new website is aimed at turning scientific data about projected droughts and wildfires and the rise in sea levels into digital presentations. In this pilot phase, it offers data and resources related to coastal flooding, sea level rise, and their impacts.
  • Encyclopedia of Earth
    A comprehensive resource about our Earth with articles written by experts and scholars.
  • Envirolink Network
    A grassroots online community uniting hundreds of organizations around the world, which provides up-to-date environmental information and news. Searchable by topic and category.
  • Environment Directory
    The web's largest directory of environmental organization, including sites from more than100 countries.
  • National Environmental Publications Internet Site - NEPIS
    Searchable, full-text database of over 10,000 EPA documents.

Premium eResources

Magazines & Journals (Ebsco): Full text journals include: Atlantic Monthly, Atmospheric Environment. Ecodate, Ecological Engineering, Environment, Environmental Policy and Law, mother Jones, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Scientific America and Worldwatch

eBooks & Encyclopedias: Publications include: Alternative Energy, Beachman's Guide to the Endangered Species of North America, Cllimate Change in Context, Environmental Encyclopedia, Energy Alternatives, Environment: a Revolution in Attitudes, Global Warming, Lucent Library of Science and Technology and Pollution A to Z

Green File: offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. This includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects.

Informe: Contains full text articles in Spanish in the following publications: Earth Focus, One Planet - One Community and Latin American Research Review



Earth Day 2014: Green Cities


Books, DVDs, and eBooks Not to Miss

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Beyond pollution [videorecording]
Beyond Pollution is a firsthand investigation on BP's disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The film's production team traveled across the gulf coast interviewing environmental experts, government authorities, fishermen, scientists, drilling engineers, and key BP contractors. The film examines the economic impact and health effects this tragedy will have on the local communities both immediately and long term. Beyond Pollution uncovers what really happened, why, and who actually benefited.

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Endangered species [electronic resource] : protecting biodiversity - Kimberly Masters Evans
Discusses what has been done to protect endangered species in the United States and around the world, and examines the debate over what future actions are warranted.

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Environmental science [electronic resource] : in context - Brenda Wilmoth Lerner; K. Lee Lerner
Provides comprehensive coverage of the environmental sciences. Cross-curricular in nature, this book supports both basic and advanced curricula in earth and environmental science, physics, chemistry, and biology.

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Gasland part II [videodisc]
GASLAND PART II is a provocative follow-up to filmmaker Josh Fox s award-winning feature debut GasLand. The new film continues to explore the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, arguing how dangerous the process is, and how pervasive the gas industry s influence on public policy has become. Tempered by Fox s trademark dark humor, the film shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most divisive environmental issues facing our nation today. GASLAND PART II pierces prevailing myths by arguing how and why fracked wells leak over time, contaminating our water and air, hurting families and endangering the Earth s climate with methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. It also sheds light on the global consequences of fracking, as more and more countries are following the U.S. s lead in drilling for gas.

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Ten billion - Stephen Emmott
This book by Emmott, a Cambridge scientist, predicts a bleak future of critical shortages, droughts, starvation, and natural disasters once the Earth's population reaches the book's eponymous number. Whether it's water or food, population trends mean that present levels of consumption can't continue. The author is forceful in supplying the numbers. Forty percent of the planet is already devoted to agriculture, with governments and conglomerates in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia quickly gobbling up the remaining land. As the global population grows in number and wealth, the demand for food and resource-depleting consumer goods will rise. Whereas technology helped forestall crises in the past, it now uses up the very resources it's designed to preserve. Water desalination, for instance, is energy intensive and releases many pollutants. Nuclear power would offer short-term hope but remains unpopular. The author sees only "radical behavior change" as a viable solution but does not say how this would work.

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The sixth extinction : an unnatural history - Elizabeth Kolbert
Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating one since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In The Sixth Extinction, two-time winner of the National Magazine Award and New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert draws on the work of scores of researchers from many disciplines. She introduces us to a dozen species, some already gone, others facing extinction, including the Panamian golden frog, staghorn coral, the great auk, and the Sumatran rhino. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind's most lasting legacy; as Kolbert observes, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

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Zero Waste Home - Bea Johnson
n Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste. Today, Bea, her husband, Scott, and their two young sons produce just one quart of garbage a year, and their overall quality of life has changed for the better: they now have more time together, they’ve cut their annual spending by a remarkable 40 percent, and they are healthier than they’ve ever been.


ACUA Earth Day 2014

ACUA Earth Day Festival, Sunday April 27, 2014 , 10am to 4pm, Rain or shine
Haneman Environmental Park
6700 Delilah Road
Egg Harbor Twp, NJ 08234

Now approaching its 24th year, the ACUA's annual Earth Day Festival is a celebration for the entire community to honor our Earth. The festival takes place rain or shine and usually draws a crowd of nearly 4,000 people of all ages who have a common goal: to have fun and help make a positive change for the future of our environment.  Live music, special performances, workshops, a hayride, interactive tours and other activities and a 5K run, will keep visitors of all ages entertained throughout the day.

Animal & Endangered Species Websites

NJ Environmental Websites

  • Atlantic County Utilities Authority
    ACUA is responsible for enhancing the quality of life through the protection of waters and lands from pollution by providing responsible waste management services.
  • Environment New Jersey
    A statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization that combines independent research, practical ideas and advocacy.
  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
    NJDEP, founded on the first Earth Day, April 22, offers this site in support and celebration of Earth Day, Earth Week, and Environmental Education Week.
  • New Jersey Environmental Digital Library
    The NJEDL is an online library of environmental literature related to New Jersey. The collection includes documents and reports, scientific studies, photographs and videos.
  • New Jersey Public Interest Research Group
    NJPIRG’s mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects consumers, encourages a sustainable economy, and deals with issues such as a Toxics Free Future, and Energy Efficiency First.
  • New Jersey's Environmental Lobby
    For almost 40 years, NJEL has represented the interests of New Jersey's citizens.
    As a non-profit organization with an IRS 501 (c) 4 designation, NJEL has no restrictions on the amount of lobbying it can conduct for the environment. NJEL is independent of a national parent, chooses its own priorities, and welcomes opportunities to collaborate with other organizations on environmental issues. NJEL is a taxpayer-friendly organization that takes into account the health costs of pollution, the economic benefits of recycling, and the job creation opportunities in the renewable energy and alternative-fuel vehicles.
    NJEL supports expansion of mass transit and repairs to the existing highway infrastructure as opposed to projects that encourage sprawl.
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey
    NOFA-NJ acts as a catalyst in the NJ/PA region in the development of a sustainable organic agricultural system. Includes a useful locator of organic farms in NJ and PA.

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