sales letter1.0 (1) (1).docx - 4127 RPO Way New Brunswick NJ 08901 Phil Murphy State of New Jersey PO Box 001 Trenton NJ 08625 Dear Governor Murphy Re

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4127 RPO Way New Brunswick, NJ 08901 October 21, 2019 Phil Murphy State of New Jersey PO Box 001 Trenton, NJ 08625 Dear Governor Murphy, Re: Financial incentives for “green” businesses as a way to slow deforestation. Deforestation is an issue that is hurting the planet and will affect humans if it is not slowed down. According to Earth Day Network, deforestation is the second leading cause of global warming and produces about 24% of global greenhouse emissions. Deforestation occurs when “natural forests are cleared through logging and/or burning, either to use the timber or the area for alternative uses” and since the 1970s, around 1.5 billion hectares of forests have been lost, causing up to 30% of greenhouse gas emissions (Lee et al., 2016, p.2). Many industries are involved in deforestation, some directly and others indirectly. For example, as the authors also found, the tobacco industry is known for large scale tobacco farming, resulting in forest removal especially in poorer areas. Many other businesses rely on materials such as charcoal or paper, which are produced from wood, meaning that deforestation was probably involved in the production of those materials, even of the businesses themselves were not a part of the actual cutting down of trees. Regardless of whether businesses are actively involved in the process, businesses cannot function in a world that does not exist, which can be a result of climate change, and also cannot function in a world going through environmental catastrophe. Businesses that rely on materials that cause deforestation can work to slow down and prevent deforestation so that they can continue to work and make money. According to your campaign website, you recognize that transportation is by far the largest source of climate pollution in the state, but it is important to recognize the importance of forests in our state and in the world. You have also worked on a program to help small businesses access capital as a way to improve our state’s economy and invested $15 million into the program (“Governor Phil Murphy Announces New Program to Improve Access to Capital for Small Businesses”, 2018). Helping our state preserve its forests by supplying financial incentives will help the state’s economy while also helping our environment. Currently, there is no incentive for green businesses and that needs to change.
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