Target: Commissioner of Environmental Protection Bob Martin
Goal: Preserve New Jersey’s forests to protect wildlife and combat climate change.
In the past six years, we’ve seen a drastic decrease in wooded areas in the state of New Jersey. Forests are cut down to make room for houses, businesses, and offices in order to keep up with the ever-increasing population. As a consequence, wild animals such as deer and bears have no more homes. They wander our streets and graze in our backyards, and most of us see them as a threat. The truth is, they wouldn’t have to do this if we still had at least half the wooded areas we used to.
It’s not just the animals harmed by this trend, either. Due to the amounts of trees being cut down, climate change runs rampant. The year 2011 saw an unnaturally warm winter, while 2014 was bitterly cold and brought us many blizzards. Summers are hotter than normal, with temperatures raised to well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in many areas. This past spring brought us snow in April and temperatures in the 50s in late May. If we would stop cutting down so many trees, we may be able to bring the weather back to normal.
Forests also provide beautiful and relaxing scenery. Nature can be incredibly therapeutic for those suffering anxiety and stress-related illnesses, and plant life is a healthy source of oxygen. Sign our petition to ensure that New Jersey is not robbed of its natural beauty.
Dear Mr. Martin,
New Jersey’s forests and wooded areas are being cut down more and more each day to make room for buildings. While we understand the need to accommodate the growing population, there is no excuse for cutting down an entire forest to make room for two mansions and a mini-mall. New Jersey has more than enough space to build stores, office buildings, banks, and medical centers, and houses don’t need to be nearly as big as people are making them these days.
Please enforce stronger deforestation laws. Protect the animals that used to live in these spaces so that they no longer need to wander the roads or trespass on private property. Help slow down the progress of climate change, and let people admire the beauty of nature as it once was. Strongly suggest people build smaller houses or find a way to integrate their property with the forests or the woods rather than cutting them down to make room for their homes.
New Jersey’s wildlife needs to be protected. Please encourage this.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Ben Wurst