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Why Rethink the Jersey Shore?  The rallying cry to Rebuild the Shore and to "Restore the Shore" was certainly needed at the time.  But now that it's been more than 6 year's since Sandy, we want to shine a light on the long term thinking, the long haul actions, and the hard decisions we will need to face to be ready for the next Sandy.  We need a NJ that won't see 360,000 homes and businesses destroyed or damaged when the next Sandy comes.

  • Articles - Information on smart innovative actions in the wake of Sandy, and places where we're repeating some of the same mistakes.
  • We Want Your Photos - If you share a photo on Instagram with #rethinknj, it will automatically appear on the Your Photos section of the site. Please write a description and tell us what you photographed, where, and why it causes you to Rethink!
  • Featured Events - like dune grass plantings or conferences and seminars that you can get involved in.
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Learn more:

Climate change and the environment

Sierra Club
Union of Concerned Scientists

Coastal issues

Coastal Care
North Carolina Coastal Federation
Coastal Conservation Association

Sea Level Rise

NOAA - Sea Level Rise Modeling
Sea Level Rise Planning Maps
Climate Central - Surging Seas
NCDENR - Division of Coastal Management

Fiscal Reform

Taxpayers for Common Sense
"Beware of the Beach House Bailout" (May 29, 2013)
"Disaster Reforms for Resiliency" (May 21, 2013)
"Superstorm Destruction Was Good News for Jolly Prophet of Doom" (January 18, 2013)
"NC Lawmaker Launches Legislative Debate over Sand-pumping Projects" (January 8, 2013
"Sandy Might Turn the Tide for Embattled Beach-building Program" (November 6, 2012)

Hurricane preparedness

Red Cross
FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System - a step by step program and rating system to help communities to improve their resilience and reduce their flood insurance liabilities
InsuranceLinked: A Guide to Tropical Storm and Hurricane Safety - a basic overview on hurricane and tropical storm safety procedures, with links to great sources from hurricane facts for kids to a hurricane preparedness checklist

Recommended Reading List:

High Tide on Main Street, John Englander,
The Battle for North Carolina's Coast, Stan Riggs,
Orrin Pilkey and Rob Young's The Rising Sea
Great Storms of the Jersey Shore, Margaret Buchholz,



Get Active Now:

MyCoast: South Carolina is a portal for DHEC to collect and analyze pictures and data relating to coastal events. Information collected through this site is used to visualize the impact of coastal hazards and to enhance awareness among decision-makers and stakeholders.

Donate to or get involved with one of their numerous campaigns focused on reducing dependence on fossil fuels and easing climate change - With your help, can take the passion and creativity of thousands and channel it into real, tangible progress on the climate crisis.

Sign Coastal Care's petition to end beach mining

Voice your political opinion on important coastal campaigns

Donate to Hurricane Sandy relief funds

New York City Government
Instant Donation with Piryx
Robin Hood Organization
New Jersey Relief Fund
United Way


Get active in your community:

These organizations have local chapters that are doing great things around the country. Sign up to volunteer, become a member and start helping to make your community a better place.

Surfrider Foundation
Citizens Climate Lobby
The Sierra Club
Become a Red Cross disaster volunteer