Climate change: An urgent issue that figures little in NJ governor’s election

NJ Decides 2021: Election Conversations

 The need for New Jersey, like the rest of the world,  to act more urgently to fight and adapt to climate change was a recurring theme during an online roundtable hosted by NJ Spotlight News as part of its ‘’New Jersey Decides 2021: Election Conversations’’ series.

The hourlong event, held Thursday, Oct. 7, addressed the impacts of climate change in New Jersey and on steps the state is taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by focusing on transitioning to a 100% clean-energy economy by 2050.

With a new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warning that the world is running out of time to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, the panel questioned why the issue has rarely emerged during this fall’s gubernatorial campaign in New Jersey.

Participating panelists were Robert Kopp, director of Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, co-director of Coastal Climate Risk & Resilience initiative, and a lead author of United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sixth assessment report; Ken Lacovara, Dean of the School of Earth & Environment at Rowan University; and Scott Weiner, principal with SAW Associates, a former commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection & Energy and former president of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.

Tom Johnson, energy/environment reporter for NJ Spotlight News and Jon Hurdle, a correspondent for NJ Spotlight News, moderated the event.

You can watch the roundtable by clicking on the arrow in the image above.

Do not miss the second, and final, gubernatorial debate on Tuesday, Oct. 12 hosted by NJ Spotlight News, NJ PBS, and Rowan University.

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