Thursday, May 5, 2016

Pallone Urges NCAA & Youth Football Leagues to Prevent & Mitigate Repetitive Brain Trauma




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2016


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, at the Marlboro Township Recreation Community Center, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced he and several of his Democratic colleagues on the Committee sent letters to collegiate and youth football leaders asking how they plan to prevent and mitigate the risks of degenerative brain disorders for student-athletes. The request comes after the National Football League acknowledged for the first time at a Committee roundtable in March that there is a link between football and degenerative brain disorders.

Pallone made the announcement at the Marlboro Recreation Center with student athletes who have suffered from concussions, officials involved in youth sports and experts in the field of concussions. The New Jersey Congressman and his colleagues wrote that they are seeking to understand what rule or policy changes each of the organizations is considering to address the risks posed by both concussive and subconcussive hits.

“Football organizations across all levels, as appropriate, should consider rules changes and educational outreach to ensure the safety of all athletes and their developing brains,” said Pallone. “Additionally, we need to ensure that parents have accurate, up-to-date information necessary to make informed decisions about their children’s participation in football and other contact sports.”



The letters were sent by Pallone, Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Gene Green (D-TX), Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky (D-IL.) to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) President Mark Emmert, National Federation of State High School Associations Executive Director Bob Gardner, USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck and Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. Executive Director Jon Butler.

The lawmakers asked the athletic leaders to answer four questions by May 25, including how they are addressing the risks of subconcussive hits to players and if current rules sufficiently protect players against the long-term effects of subconcussive hits.

Recent research suggests that athletes can sustain significant brain damage caused solely by repeated head impacts, or subconcussive events, even if those collisions do not result in concussions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the problem is of special concern in youth sports because children and teens may be more vulnerable to brain injuries than adults, and take longer to recover.

Youth sports organizations have begun to consider changes to the rules governing contact, given declining participation and the publicity around the negative effects of concussions and repetitive head trauma. For example, Pop Warner, which operates youth football programs, instituted a change to their rules in 2012 regarding head-on blocking and tackling during practices. The change limited the amount of practice time devoted to physical contact and set a maximum distance of three yards from which players could be apart during full-speed tackling drills.

The individual letters can be found below:

Letter to the NCAA

Letter to the National Federation of State High School Associations

Letter to USA Football

Letter to Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.



Pallone Calls for Swift Action for Sandy Fraud Victims




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2016


WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) led a bipartisan letter from members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation to Administrator Fugate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requesting that it take swift action on behalf of those who have suffered from documented, widespread fraud perpetrated by private insurance companies in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The lawmakers asked for an explanation of why it is taking FEMA so long to process the insurance claims of these victims and to detail the steps FEMA is taking to swiftly rectify the situation.

Representatives Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2), Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9), Albio Sires (NJ-8), Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Donald Norcross (NJ-1) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) also signed the letter.

“Sandy victims have already suffered enough. To undercut or deny payments to these homeowners as they try to rebuild is absolutely unacceptable,” said Congressman Pallone. “FEMA has a responsibility to inform the public about this fraud that we are learning is widespread and to implement processes to ensure that disaster victims get the resources they are rightfully owed.”

Last May, The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) announced that it would begin a process requested by Pallone and other New Jerseys members of Congress to review flood insurance claims filed by policyholders affected by Hurricane Sandy. FEMA did this after Pallone and other Members sent a letter to FEMA requesting that it establish a process allowing homeowners to easily file an appeal if they believe they have been a victim of an intentionally altered engineering report.

The full text of the letter is attached and below:


W. Craig Fugate
Administrator
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
500 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20472

Dear Administrator Fugate:

We write requesting swift action on behalf of our constituents who suffered from documented, widespread fraud perpetrated by private insurance companies servicing National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) claims in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. We are deeply troubled by the fact that – almost four years after their homes and businesses were destroyed – many of these victims have yet to have their claims resolved by FEMA. FEMA’s slowness in resolving these claims is not acceptable.

In March 2015, when FEMA acknowledged responsibility for its failures and began contacting tens of thousands of New Jersey homeowners whom they suspected of being victims of insurance fraud, the agency committed to processing the claims of fraud victims fairly and efficiently. This has not been done. FEMA’s deadline for homeowners to submit claims was October 15, 2015. According to a NFIP Transformation Task Force Update, dated April 22, 2016, FEMA has only fully processed roughly half of these claims. Our constituents deserve much better. FEMA needs to step up the pace.

We request that you promptly provide us with an explanation of why it is taking FEMA so long to process the insurance claims of these victims, especially in New Jersey, and to detail the steps FEMA is taking to swiftly rectify the situation.

We are committed to ensuring that our constituents have a fair and speedy process to receive the resources of which they have been unfairly deprived. Time is of the essence for our constituents who have needlessly suffered while this process has dragged out. You can be assured that we will continue to be engaged on this critical issue.

Sincerely,


____________________________                                      ____________________________
FRANK PALLONE, JR.                                                             FRANK LOBIONDO
Member of Congress                                                                   Member of Congress



____________________________                                       ____________________________
BILL PASCRELL, JR.                                                                  ALBIO SIRES
Member of Congress                                                                     Member of Congress



____________________________                                      ____________________________
DONALD M. PAYNE, JR.                                                          DONALD NORCROSS
Member of Congress                                                                    Member of Congress



____________________________
BONNIE WATSON COLEMAN
Member of Congress

Middletown Holds Online Public Auction May 5-11, 2016

Get them if you can...

Middletown is holding an online public auction from 9am May 5, 2016 to May 11, 2016 6pm. The purpose of the auction is to sell surplus vehicles and trucks.

The vehicles can be viewed at Middletown's DPW Garage Facility, 52 Kanes Lane, Middletown, May 2 to May 4, 2016 from 8am to 2pm.

To view and bid on all items for auction, please visit usgovbid.com.

UsGovBid.com - Middletown Online Public Auction



Sunday, May 1, 2016

President Obama's Weekly Address 4/30/16: It’s Time for the Senate To Do Its Job


WASHINGTON, DC — In this week's address, the President repeated his call for Republicans in the United States Senate to give Chief Judge Merrick Garland a fair hearing and a vote. It has been 45 days since President Obama nominated Judge Garland to the Supreme Court. The President highlighted that Senate Republicans have said that Judge Garland is a man of experience, integrity and impeccable qualifications. Despite this, most Senate Republicans refused to do their job and give Judge Garland the consideration he deserves. The President made clear that the Supreme Court must remain above partisan politics, and that's why the President did his job in nominating Merrick Garland. Now, it's time for the Senate to do its job.

April 18, 2016 Middletown Township Committee Meeting


A rather uneventful meeting of the Middletown Township Committee was held on April 18th. Most of the meeting was taken up by the presentation of a number of proclamations

If you're so inclined, Committee Comments start at 44:12 where you can here what a great and wonderful deal it is for the township to have it's 911 system taken over by the county. This of course has been criticized by many since it was announced.

Public Comments start at 57:31



As always, you can download a copy of the Meeting Agenda that contains the discussion items and the proposed resolutions and ordinances that were voted on or presented during the meeting. A box around an item is a link, bringing you further into the document to that resolution or ordinance. At the end of the resolution there will be a link bringing you back to the agenda. Attached to this agenda is also the monthly bill list, so that everyone can see how the Township is spending our tax dollars.



NJDSC: REP. SCOTT GARRETT TURNS TO OTHER EXTREMISTS FOR FUNDING AS HIS ANTI-LGBT VIEWS REPEL CORPORATE DONORS



(Trenton) -- According to the latest campaign finance records, the hateful anti-LGBT views of North Jersey's resident Tea Party extremist, Rep. Scott Garrett, have made him toxic to the corporations that previously supported his campaign.

Garrett raised one-fourth of the amount he took in from businesses at this time in the previous election cycle, reports show. And, Garrett’s First Quarter fundraising from businesses plummeted from an average of nearly $64,500* over the last three election cycles to just $15,500 raised from businesses this quarter. To fund his campaign, Garrett is now relying more heavily on donations from far-right Tea Party groups and members of Congress who share his long track record of hostility to equal rights for the LGBT community.

Garrett became radioactive to corporate donors after Politico reported this summer that the Tea Partier refused to contribute to the House Republicans’ fundraising arm because it supported gay candidates. Soon after, BusinessWeek dubbed Garrett "Wall Street’s Bigot in Washington."

Many companies have corporate policies that explicitly require LGBT equality. These and others have publicly distanced themselves from Garrett and announced that they will no longer write checks to him. These companies include Goldman Sachs, Capital One, BBCA Compass, U.S. Bancorp, Nomura Holdings, PNC Bank and State Farm. A recent Star-Ledger editorial noted the similarities in Garrett’s fundraising failures to the wave of companies speaking out against anti-LGBT laws in places like North Carolina and Mississippi.

State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) said Garrett’s stalled fundraising is proof that corporations are standing with their LGBT customers and employees against Garrett’s hate and bigotry.

"Scott Garrett is way out of step with New Jersey's values, and I'm glad that businesses are joining the fight against bigotry by withholding campaign funds from him. Public officials should stand up for tolerance and decency, not against them. Clearly, corporate interests are recognizing that funding anti-LGBT extremism tarnishes their respective brands, and hurts their bottom lines," Weinberg said.

With his corporate wells drying up, a desperate Garrett has turned to national Tea Party groups to fill his depleted coffers. In the first three months of 2016, the proportion of contributions Garrett received from anti-LGBT Tea Party groups increased six-fold compared to the three previous election cycles.

Notably, Garrett received $5,000 from FRC, a Radical Right group with a long history of disparaging the LGBT community. Last week, an FRC spokesperson called LGBT rights activists "un-American" for opposing laws that permit discrimination of LGBT individuals.

Similarly, Garrett’s reliance on checks from his fellow anti-LGBT Tea Party members increased nearly 30-fold, from only $1,000 or 0.5% of his contributions this time last Congressional cycle to $29,795 or 11% in the first quarter of 2016. For example, this year, he took money from the likes of Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia, who has claimed that the LGBT movement wants to "eliminate free speech", compared being gay to alcoholism and drug addiction, and fallaciously stated that LGBT people have "tendencies to lie" and "tendencies to be violent."

A sampling of Garrett’s anti-LGBT cronies follows:

  • Family Research Council (FRC) – According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “FRC often makes false claims about the LGBT community based on discredited research and junk science.” FRC gave Garrett $5,000.
  • Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) – Hice claimed the LGBT movement wants to “eliminate free speech,” compared being gay to alcoholism and drug addiction, and asserted that LGBT people have “tendencies to lie” and “tendencies to be violent.” He gave $1,000.
  • Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) – In the 113th congress, Meadows earned a 30% rating from the HRC. He gave $8,795.
  • Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) – Congressman Ribble has earned 0% ratings from the Human Rights Campaign for his votes during the 112th and 113th Congresses. He gave $1,000.
  • Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN) – Rep. Fincher earned a 30% rating from HRC during the 113th Congress and a 0% rating in the 112th Congress. He gave $2,000.
  • Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) – Rep. Aderholt earned a 0% rating from HRC in the previous three Congressional terms. He gave $1,000.
  • Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX) – Rep. Babin is co-sponsor of a bill that would undermine the government’s ability to combat anti-LGBT discrimination. He gave $1,000.
  • Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) – In the 112th and 113th Congresses, Rep. Rigell earned a 0% rating from HRC. He gave $2,000.
  • Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) - In the 111th, 112th, and 113th Congresses, Rep. Lummis earned a 0% rating from HRC. She gave $1,000.
  • Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) – In the 111th, 112th, and 113th Congresses, Brady earned a 0% rating from the HRC. He gave $1,000.
  • Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) - In the 111th, 112th, and 113th Congresses, Burgess earned a 0% rating from HRC. He gave $1,000.


Committee Approves Pallone’s SANDy Act that Will Improve Communications During Disasters




Approval Comes After Pallone & Wireless Providers Agree on Wireless Resiliency Provisions in Bill

The Energy and Commerce Committee today approved the Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act – or the SANDy Act, which was introduced in November by Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Senior Democrat on the committee.

Committee approval came one day after Pallone and CTIA, together with wireless providers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon announced an agreement that wireless providers will share information and advance wireless network resiliency before, during and after disasters and emergencies. With yesterday’s agreement, Pallone offered an amendment at today’s committee markup to remove the wireless provisions in the bill.

Pallone offered the following statement about yesterday’s agreement and the importance of the SANDy Act.

As I’ve said numerous times, Superstorm Sandy had a devastating impact on my district back in New Jersey. So I introduced the Securing Access to Networks in Disasters – or SANDy – Act to address the lessons we learned in the aftermath of that terrible storm.

The legislation incorporated feedback that I heard from local officials and industry leaders at a forum on Sandy where we took a critical look at the lessons learned and the progress made with public safety telecommunications since the hurricane.

At that same time, I was working with FCC Chairman Wheeler and the wireless industry to make sure we are better prepared. And now I am proud to say that we reached an agreement to ensure that consumers have greater access to communications the next time disaster strikes.

Yesterday, with CTIA, we announced The Wireless Network Resiliency Framework under which the largest wireless providers will voluntarily comply with the wireless provisions set forth in the SANDy Act. Most important, the framework makes sure that if one network goes down, its customers can access another network that is still operational. Everyone should be able to call for help as long as any signal is available.

The agreement also takes action on other issues raised by the SANDy Act, such as making sure public safety officials and wireless personnel know how to reach each other at a moment’s notice during an emergency. This agreement will save lives during major emergencies in the future, and I would like to thank the wireless carriers and the FCC for working with me to craft this comprehensive agreement.

In light of this agreement, I’m offering an amendment today to the bill that will remove the wireless provisions from the SANDy Act. And since this framework is voluntary, I look forward to continuous updates from the industry on the progress they are making to meet everything included in this agreement.

This agreement is a major step, but more needs to be done. We must learn all the lessons from disasters like Sandy. For instance, in New Jersey, broadcasters and cable providers saved thousands of lives even before the storm hit. They provided the critical information that let people know how to get out of harm’s way. Public Safety officials have told me that without this information, the death toll would have been much, much worse.

But to keep this information flowing when the power goes out, the networks need backup generators. And these generators need fuel. Unfortunately, broadcasters, cable operators, and telecommunications providers have struggled in emergencies to find this fuel. And oftentimes when they finally find it, they are sent to the back of the line. Worse, once they get the fuel they need, it can be confiscated in favor of other services considered more essential under the law.

But fuel is not the only issue. In the chaos that follows a major disaster, just getting access to secure areas can be trying. During Sandy, communications providers were turned away at bridges because—once again—they were not considered essential. These are the providers that make sure we can call 9-1-1 or can contact loved ones. It took days to get some networks back on line simply because we could not get the right people to the right places.

My bill would fix these problems and more. It would recognize the lifesaving role played by wireline and mobile telephone, Internet, radio and television broadcasting, and cable and satellite services by adding them to the list of essential service providers. Having these networks operational can mean the difference between life and death during an event like Super Storm Sandy.

I would like to thank Chairman Upton and Chairman Walden for considering my bill at today’s markup. And I would like to also thank them both for their essential input on the amendment I’m offering today. This amendment would refocus the SANDy Act on the critical work that still remains to be done.

I urge all my colleagues to support it.


CTIA & Pallone Announce “Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework” for Disasters and Emergencies




Agreement Meets Wireless Resiliency Provisions in SANDy Act

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), senior Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and CTIA, together with wireless providers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon announced today the “Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework” [PDF] to share information and advance wireless network resiliency before, during and after disasters and emergencies.

Today’s agreement comes after ongoing discussions for five months between Pallone, FCC Chairman Wheeler and CTIA. The discussions began after Pallone introduced the Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act – or the SANDy Act, which improves the resiliency of the nation’s communications networks during disasters and emergencies.

Specifically, the Framework:

· Provides for reasonable arrangements for roaming during disasters when technically feasible;

· Fosters mutual aid during emergencies;

· Enhances local governments’ preparedness and restoration;

· Increases consumer readiness and preparation; and

· Improves public awareness and stakeholder communications on service and restoration status by providing public information on actual outages for given disasters or emergencies.


“This agreement will save lives during major emergencies like Superstorm Sandy,” said Pallone. “I commend CTIA and the FCC for working with me to craft a comprehensive agreement that ensures consumers have access to wireless service during an emergency even if their wireless network goes down.”

“I am pleased that CTIA and the wireless providers created a set of common-sense solutions to improve coordination and network recovery during disasters and emergencies. This Framework will benefit consumers and help limit the impact of future disasters, while avoiding unworkable and unnecessary mandates,” said CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker. “I also commend Representative Pallone and Chairman Wheeler for their leadership, which will help keep Americans safe and connected during the next storm.”

“For millions of Americans, mobile devices have become the primary way to communicate. Consumers need confidence that wireless networks will be there when they need them the most,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “I applaud Rep. Frank Pallone for keeping the spotlight on this issue and the wireless industry for stepping up for the needs of their customers by proposing voluntary solutions aimed at improving reliability when natural disasters and other emergencies strike.”

During and after Superstorm Sandy there was a major breakdown of telecommunications networks, including cellular and home telephones, television and internet services. This created a dangerous barrier to emergency response and recovery for residents and towns.

Pallone’s SANDy Act will be voted on by the Energy and Commerce Committee this week.



Sister of WWII Soldier To Receive NJ Medal During Remembrance Day Ceremony


Marie Listen will receive the medal for her brother, Neil Lucey, who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor

Holmdel, NJ (April 20, 2016) – The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial will hold a Remembrance Day Ceremony May 7, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1 Memorial Lane, Holmdel, NJ, Exit 116 off the Garden State Parkway. Marie Liston, the sister of a WWII Navy Seaman who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor, will accept a medal on her brother’s behalf.

Neil Lucey was just 18-years-old when he joined the United States Navy. He reported for duty March 12, 1940. Just 19 months later he would lose his life at Pearl Harbor, two days after his 20th birthday. His body is one of 1,177 entombed in the USS Arizona.

Now, 75 years later, Neil’s sister will accept a medal on his behalf during a Remembrance Day ceremony at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation on May 7, 2016.

Marie Lucey Liston is 101 and lives in Brick, NJ. She was born in 1914 in New York City and is the oldest of five children. Her mother died in childbirth in 1924 and the siblings were sent to live with relatives in Perth Amboy. Their father, Timothy Lucey, worked for the railroad and would visit when he could.

The death of Neil, who was nicknamed “Buddy,” was hard on the family. The first communication from the US Navy came on December 20, 1941, and informed the family that Neil was missing in action while the search for survivors at Pearl Harbor continued. The official death notice came on January 30, 1942 when it was determined that Neil had been one of those lost on the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941 after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.

He was awarded a Purple Heart posthumously for his valiant service as a Seaman First Class with the Navy.

Neil was the first person killed in action from Perth Amboy in WWII. The city dedicated a park in his name and the park was renovated and rededicated in 2000.

Gordon Pingicer is on the board of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation, and is Marie’s son-in-law.

“This medal means so much to the family,” Gordon said. “Just the recognition that New Jersey gives to people who served is very significant.”

Remembrance Day was created by legislation in 1991 as a day in New Jersey to honor those who served in the military during the Vietnam War from 1959 to 1975. More than 200,000 New Jersey residents served in the armed forces during that time.

Visit www.njvvmf.org for more information.



About New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, dedicated May 7, 1995, strives to encourage and foster patriotism and provide for recognition of the sacrifices, courage and valor of the New Jersey Veterans of the Vietnam Era. The Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center, dedicated in September 1998, strives to encourage and foster a thorough understanding of the Vietnam era, including the political, historical, social, cultural and military aspects that affected the United States, especially New Jersey. For more information, visit www.njvvmf.org.



Saturday, April 23, 2016

President Obama's Weekly Address 4/23/16: Building a Fairer and More Effective Criminal Justice System


In this week's address, the President discussed his continued efforts to build a fairer and more equitable criminal justice system.

ICYM: Middletown Rabies Alert 4/21/16



Middletown NJ:

The Middletown Township Health Department has received laboratory confirmation of a raccoon testing positive for Rabies. The animal had contact with 2 dogs on April 19, 2016 which required testing of the raccoon. Luckily the dogs had current rabies vaccinations. The incident occurred in the area of Richard Terrace and Stephenville Boulevard.

Residents should not be interacting with wildlife. If you come across a sick or injured animal, keep your distance and please contact Animal Control at 732-615-2097 immediately or contact the Police Department at 732-615-2100 after hours and on weekends.

Please make sure all domestic animals (dogs, cats, and livestock) are currently vaccinated with a Rabies vaccination. Do not let your pets run free off leash, even in the woods, to ensure they do not come in contact with wildlife that may be rabid.

Remember, Rabies is a fatal disease. The best course of defense is the vaccination of your pets and not handling or interacting with wildlife.

Additional Info about Rabies from the CDC

Got drugs? Safely dispose of them April 30th

Middletown NJ:

On Saturday, April 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the Middletown Police Department will collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription medication from residents as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take Back Initiative. Pills can be brought to Middletown Police Headquarters at 1 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ, 07748. Please note the DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The Middletown Township Health Department will accept home-generated syringes and needles used in the administration of injectable medications from township residents. Please call 732-615-2095 for more information. An appointment is necessary.

Friday, April 22, 2016

VOX: 7 things we've learned about ‎Earth‬ since the last ‎Earth Day




1) Scientists just discovered an entirely new, 600-mile-long coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon

2) We've discovered dozens of new species — as well as a few thought to be extinct

3) Earth has 3 trillion trees — far more than we thought

4) We discovered homo naledi, a new species of ancient human that once roamed the Earth

5) Unicorns and humans once coexisted. (Albeit really ugly unicorns.)

6) West Antarctica's ice sheet could melt faster than anyone thought

7) We also learned that humans are capable of cooperating on climate change

Read more about these on VOX.com


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Earth Day 2016







We need to take care of the Earth,it's the only planet that we have.
"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."
 ~Native American Proverb





Earth Day is a reminder of our eternal duty to protect our planet, our home.
- Al Gore 







"The earth does not argue,
Is not pathetic, has no arrangements,
Does not scream, haste, persuade, threaten, promise,
Makes no discriminations, has no conceivable failures,
Closes nothing, refuses nothing, shuts none out,
Of all the powers, objects, states, it notifies, shuts none out."

– Walt Whitman, "Leaves of Grass," 1855


"There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”

– Carl Sagan


“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”

– Neil Armstrong





This Earth Day, let’s get really big stuff done for our planet.

What are we waiting for? The time is now.

Learn more about Earth Day and what you can do @ EarthDay.org