Save Wildlife Habitat From Being Turned Into a Golf Course

Target: Catherine McCabe, Acting Commissioner, NJ Department of Environmental Protection

Goal: Help stop destruction of wildlife habitat to make way for a new golf course area.

Liberty National Golf Course in New Jersey is attempting to turn 21 acres of urban wilderness into another part of their course. Caven Point is a critical wildlife habitat zone, and is a rare public natural area. It serves as an educational area for hundreds of children, and as the last beachfront access for taxpayers. Liberty National is offering a “First Tee” program to help underprivileged children of New Jersey, but this is a sloppy attempt at appeasing citizens and conservationists without real care for public well-being.

Leasing the land to Liberty National will only exacerbate exploitation of the environment by the wealthy. This narrative is what has led to environmental degradation, environmental racism, and environmental injustice across the world. New Jersey has a chance to demonstrate that natural areas belong to the public to enjoy, not to companies to profit off of. Liberty National’s owner believes that expanding the golf course will attract more high-profile golf tournaments and boost the regional economy, but this is simply not feasible. The venue is too small to hold large tournaments, and even hosting minor events will not greatly impact the economy.

The New Jersey Department of Environment needs to reject this land lease proposal, and protect the urban wilderness area. Sign the petition below to call on the department to honor and protect its lands from corporate exploitation.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Ms. McCabe,

Liberty National Golf Course is requesting the Department of Environment to lease land in Liberty State Park to expand its golf course. This expansion will see three golf course holes moved to a critical wildlife habitat area, which serves as an outdoor classroom for hundreds of children, and as a public natural area for citizens. Liberty National claims that it will create a program for underprivileged youth in New Jersey on this land, but they already have undeveloped lands where they can make this plan possible.

I hope that you continue to protect state lands from corporate greed, helping steer the hegemony from exploitation to conservation. The New Jersey Department of Environment has a chance to prove that it cares more for its lands and citizens’ well-being than potential economic profit. Although the owner of Liberty National Golf Course claims that this development will attract major golf tournaments, this is not the case.

Three new added golf course holes will not qualify the golf course as a likely host for these tournaments. It is simply too small. The potential economic benefits of hosting more tournaments, even minor ones, are not significant to the regional economy. I urge you to reject the appeal to lease this land. This area should remain open to the public and wildlife, not to a privileged few.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Michael Karas

Ban Offshore Drilling

Target: Craig Coughlin, Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly

Goal: Support finalization of bill to ban offshore oil drilling in New Jersey.

New Jersey may soon ban all offshore oil drilling. The New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee has approved a proposed bill to stop any offshore oil drilling along the state’s coast. This bill would prohibit all forms of drilling, including the lease of submerged lands for the production of natural gases.

Oil drilling is one of the chief culprits of environmental destruction. It not only contaminates the sea, land, and air, but hundreds of animals are caught in oil spills each year, and many do not survive. People lose their homes due to these spills, or are forced to relocate when the land becomes unstable and the air unbreathable. New Jersey, a coastal state, would benefit greatly from such a law to protect the coast’s natural beauty and the lives of the people and animals living there.

The pushback against the current administration’s efforts to revive fossil fuels is a never-ending battle, and every victory must be appreciated. A complete ban on offshore drilling in New Jersey would be a tremendous victory. Sign this petition to support the finalization of this bill.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Assemblyman Coughlin,

A proposed bill to ban offshore oil drilling along New Jersey’s coast is one step closer to becoming an official law. This would mean the end of dangerous oil rigs or leasing of submerged lands for the production of natural gases, thus keeping the waters safe for the aquatic wildlife.

Oil drilling has been a problem for decades, with fumes contaminating the water and air while the spills have harmed and killed hundreds of animals and cost people their homes. The country has been fighting an endless battle against the revival of fossil fuels since President Trump’s inauguration, and every ban counts towards victory. Approve this new law to ensure the safety and preservation of New Jersey’s coastline.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: David Wilson