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Do NJ Residents Care About Climate Change?

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Montclair, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Yesterday a meeting took place in Montclair, New Jersey to discuss the effects of climate change here in the Garden State. Business and local leaders along with Deputy Mayor Bob Russo gathered to talk about what is being done to reduce their carbon footprint on a local level.

“We’re trying to make people realize not to put their heads in the sand. So many people do not accept climate change, the storms, the various climate violent developments, these things have to make people realize we have to change our ways,” Russo said.

Montclair’s sustainability officer said that by simply changing the light bulbs in the city’s buildings they have reduced their energy bill by $65,000 a year. It’s the small things like this that prove that starting on a local level is important and does make the necessary changes needed for the future.

Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill said that what they are accomplishing is all part of their efforts to try and support President Obama’s federal initiatives on climate change.

“We had a severe rain and flood storm here in Montclair which helped shut down the Montclair-Boonton (train) line. So there were people who were stranded in New York, couldn’t get home from their jobs, people who wanted to get into New York as a result of a severe weather situation, a storm that doesn’t normally happen at this time of year. So you really do need a word like climate change because you need something that gets people’s attention. You got to shake people up and say listen, something is going on here that you need to think about and you need to look at,” Gill explained.

He said that everyone can help and there are small things that people can really do to make a difference including walking or biking rather than driving their car.

Radio host Rich Zeoli of the “Rich Zeoli Show” on 1210 WPHT in Philadelphia doesn’t believe all the hype. He thinks Freeholder Gill should focus on what he’s supposed to do rather than get tied up in climate control.

“I was a Freeholder and let me tell you what Freeholders should focus on, roads and bridges and the county college, not climate change. The president is spending a billion dollars of our money to fight climate change, what climate change action means, I will spend taxpayer money. I will give taxpayer money to our politically connected friends, solar firms etc.,” he said.

Zeoli believes these meetings are just a publicity stunt to highlight those people who don’t believe in climate change. Others argue that most people just don’t care about climate change because it’s not something they are directly affected by.


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