350NJ-Rockland is an inclusive, all-volunteer group with members of all ages, backgrounds, experience and talents. What binds us together is our desire to leave our region and the world a more safe, just and sustainable place for future generations.
- We educate the community and help drive the climate conversation in the media (through press coverage, letters to the Editors, Op-Eds, etc.) on issues like oil trains, the proposed Pilgrim and Pinelands pipelines through New Jersey, the Valley Lateral Pipeline in Orange County, NY, fracking waste, air pollution and environmental racism.
- We energize “OFF Fossil Fuels and ON to the Clean Energy Revolution” campaigns and divestment campaigns at the state and institutional levels.
- We mobilize groups to take action on local issues like resisting fossil fuel infrastructure in New Jersey and in New York State.
- We charter buses to national and regional climate events like the Peoples Climate March, BreakFree, and NoKXL rallies.
- We make phone calls, circulate petitions, write to local officials, and occasionally visit our elected officials to advance legislation that combats global warming and supports wind and solar power and energy conservation in the Garden and Empire States.
350NJ-Rockland stays connected via conference calls, meetings at local libraries or other venues, and sometimes in our homes for a pot luck meal.
A Steering Group of dedicated climate activists provides direction and leadership to our actions. Learn more about the Steering Group members below.
Bill has been a long time supporter of 350.org, but joined the 350NJ-Rockland Steering Group as an active member in the Summer of 2017. Bill is interested in how we can become effective against Climate Change on the local level and is active with several Political and Environmental Organizations in the South Orange / Maplewood area. He is serving 350NJ-Rockland as its vice president.
Bill spends his free time focused on adding to his South Orange bird list, and also runs in the hope that there is one more marathon left in his legs.
Jerome chose to dedicate time and effort to climate stabilization as his response to Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” He has worked with the Coalition Against the Pilgrim Pipeline, Food & Water Watch, Beyond Extreme Energy, and the Franciscan Response to Fracking. He has been formally involved with 350NJ-Rockland for several years and was fortunate to attend COP-21 in Paris as a citizen observer.
He presently serves as the president of 350NJ-Rockland. “I am very pleased to serve and lead at 350NJ-R! We have a sharp focus on the climate crisis and are actively pushing society towards a transition away from fossil fuel dependency. 2018 needs to exceed expectations as a year of strong action favoring the climate. Join us! Work with us!” Jerome Wagner, 607-348-5773, info@350NJ.org
Jordan joined 350NJ-Rockland in March, 2017 and has energized our efforts in Rockland County NY, where he lives. There, he is driving a number of initiatives – including a divestment campaign – and coordinating closely with the Rockland County chapter of Sierra Club for synergistic progress. He is also serving as the group’s secretary.
Jordan holds a law degree from Stanford Law School and was a member of the bar in both Illinois and New York. He served as Executive Director at Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring, NY for 30 years. He has served on the boards of directors of several organizations.
In addition to working with 350NJ-Rockland, he currently enjoys mentoring, guitar-playing, birding, painting, competitive Scrabble, and basketball. He is also making progress on his goal to hike the whole Appalachian Trail!
Kerri joined 350NJ-Rockland after hitching a ride down to DC for the Peoples Climate March in April of 2017. Realizing that change needs to happen on a grassroots level and believing that climate change is one of the most important issues facing our planet, Kerri knew that she needed to step up and do more.
In the past, she had donated countless hours of her graphic design skills to various charities and environmental organizations, and plans to continue doing the same for 350NJ-Rockland. She has already helped the group with various graphic projects and art builds – like for the 5th anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Kerri joined the Steering Group in December 2017.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, Kerri worked several years as an art director for agencies in northern New Jersey. In 1986, Kerri began The Graphic Edge and recently started AlphaGator Graphics LLC. Besides art, she enjoys hiking, gardening, home remodeling and spending time with family and friends in and around her home in Emerson NJ.
Priya has been working in the areas of health and development for the past 20 plus years, both in the US and in India. Over the years, she has worked on everything from gender-based violence and reproductive health access to youth entrepreneurship and urban farming. Her past work in the environment sector includes health and safety training and water and sanitation research and policy. Currently, she is a member of Millburn Township’s Green Team and the Schools’ Green Team, which drive environment policy at the municipal and school levels, respectively. For 350NJ-Rockland, she is currently leading a campaign to divest the New Jersey Pension Fund of its holdings in the top 200 fossil fuel companies; she is also serving as the group’s treasurer. Priya has an MPH from the University of Michigan. In her free time, she enjoys reading, swimming and traveling.
Sarah is a new steering group member, and is very excited to bring her energy to 350NJ-Rockland. A dedicated individual, who’s favorite hobbies include dancing in the rain and hugging trees, she is ready to stand with 350NJ-Rockland and their partner organizations to create change where it is most needed. Other passions include up-cycling clothes and household items, making lesson plans for children, traveling, learning about plants, and composting. She is a full time educator at Newark Public Schools and has a website dedicated to raising awareness of individuals with disabilities as well as the need to help the environment in every way possible. To learn more, check out her website at www.missraraventures.com.
Ted joined the 350NJ-Rockland Steering Group in 2017, after many years of working with 350.org since its founding in 2007. Since 2004 Ted has made the climate crisis his priority focus of work. From 2006 to 2015 he worked as the National Campaign Coordinator for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and since 2014 he has been an organizer with Beyond Extreme Energy. On a local level he has been active with the Essex Greens Renewable Energy Campaign since 2008.
Ted has lived in Bloomfield since 1998. Since 1968 he has been a community activist and organizer on a range of different issues. Since 2000 he has been writing a regular twice-monthly Future Hope column on social, political, cultural and environmental issues.
When not active fighting the good fight, he can be found doing long-distance biking, dancing, spending time with family, reading or, since his retirement in 2015, writing a book or two.
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