Climate Change Resiliency Strategy released by N.J.

Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration released the state’s first Climate Change Resiliency Strategy, what it is calling a science-based blueprint for protecting New Jersey’s vulnerable communities, environment, economy and infrastructure from the impacts of climate change.

The strategy, created by Murphy’s Interagency Council on Climate Resilience, outlines six state priorities to guide state and local government climate action and includes over 100 recommendations to strengthen New Jersey against climate impacts, including sea-level rise, chronic flooding, rising temperatures and more frequent and intense storm events.

The statewide Climate Change Resilience Strategy’s six priorities are the following:

  1. Build resilient and healthy communities;
  2. Strengthen the resilience of the state’s ecosystems;
  3. Promote coordinated governance;
  4. Invest in information and increase public understanding;
  5. Expand resilience funding and financing;
  6. Create a coastal resilience plan.

Click here to view the statewide Climate Change Resilience Strategy.

The plan, which was first released for public review and comment on Earth Day, will be a working document supported by a continued robust public engagement process to address the ongoing climate threats to New Jersey.

Murphy said the time has come.

“Climate change is the single greatest long-term threat facing humanity, and, as Tropical Storm Ida made painfully clear in September, New Jersey’s climate change risks are already manifesting across the state,” he said. “These risks will only worsen in the years to come, with potentially devastating impacts to our communities, economy, public health and the daily lives of all New Jerseyans.

“The Climate Change Resiliency Strategy outlines decisive and intentional action that will secure a more climate resilient future for New Jersey.”

Jane Cohen, the director of the Governor’s Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy, obviously agreed.

“The devastating effects of climate change demand that we act with concerted urgency to promote and secure a more climate resilient future for New Jersey,” she said. “The work of Interagency Council on Climate Resilience highlights the complexity of the climate challenges ahead of us and the necessity of working collaboratively to coordinate the state’s response to climate change.

“By developing the strategy through the council, we are laying the groundwork to protect New Jersey’s people, economy and infrastructure through its resilience work for years to come.”