The national advocacy group Food & Water Action is endorsing Lauren Larkin and Russell Castelli for Ridgefield Borough Council.
As members of the Borough Council in 2019, Larkin and Castelli were at the forefront of the successful fight to stop the Meadowlands power plant. If approved, it would have been the largest climate polluter in New Jersey; pollution from that plant would have degraded local air quality at a time when healthy lungs have never been more important.
Larkin and Castelli championed a resolution through Ridgefield Council, making the borough the first municipality to publicly oppose the fracked gas power plant. And they didn’t stop there. Over the next 15 months, they organized the community for positive change, holding town hall events, speaking out at public demonstrations, and engaging their colleagues in other towns.
Their efforts were instrumental to forming a powerful coalition of 52 municipal governments throughout Bergen County who joined Food & Water Action and other groups in successfully pressuring Governor Murphy to stop the power plant.
Throughout the pandemic, Lauren and Russell have continued working hard to assist their neighbors in need. And they continue to demonstrate incredible leadership in the fight for clean air in North Jersey, most recently by passing a strong resolution against the next major pollution threat in the region: the NJ TRANSIT power plant proposal.
“Now, more than ever, we need real leaders in every level of government to fight for us and ensure we have clean air, safe water, and a healthy environment,” said Food & Water Action New Jersey State Director Matt Smith. “Lauren and Russell embody the bold leadership we need to stop dangerous fossil fuel expansion projects and transition our communities onto 100% clean energy sources.”