Monday, July 20, 2009

Do Want to Reduce NYC's Carbon FoodPrint? Act Now.

NYC COUNCIL WOMAN BREWER SUPPORTS FoodPrintNYC
Does your council member?

Photo (NYC City Council website): Gale Brewer Supports FoodPrint NYC - City Council Resolution 2049

Did you know that experts estimate that globally one-third of all Green House Gas (GHG) emissions come from agriculture and land use changes, and that approximately 12% of the total GHG emissions per U.S. household result from growing, packing, preparing and shipping food nationwide (Pew Center on Global Climate Change)?

My guess is that New York's 8 million-plus residents contribute more than their fair share as a result of the inefficiencies in our food system, large number of restaurants and outdated supply chain/infrastructure issues, and perhaps most importantly the relatively low volume of fruits, vegetables and meats grown within the borders of the five boroughs.

Tomorrow, YOU can help change that by calling your City Council Member and asking him/her to sign on to the New York City Council's Resolution 2049 -- the "FoodPrint Resolution".

There's a lot of buzz on email, in facebook and on twitter about the Tuesday, July 21st FoodprintNYC Call-In Day. Please take 5 minutes to read this important info and ask all your NYC friends -- by emailing this blog post, or adding a link to my post to twitter or facebook -- to call their council person tomorrow. CLICK HERE FOR A COPY OF THE RESOLUTION, A LIST OF COUNCIL MEMBERS and who HAS and HAS NOT signed on, and the CO-SPONSORS. I know I'll call Gale Brewer tomorrow, my councilwoman, and thank her for supporting FoodPrintNYC/Resolution 2049. "Thank you Gale Brewer!".

From FoodPrintUSA.org and Just Food:
"Tuesday, July 21st is FoodprintNYC Call-In Day to your City Council representative!

On June 30, NYC Council Member Bill de Blasio introduced a groundbreaking resolution
in the City Council that calls for a citywide "FoodprintNYC" initiative to create greater access to local, fresh, healthy food, especially in low-income communities as well as city-run institutions (see resolution background below).

So far 11 City Council members have signed on as co-sponsors. Make sure your representative shows their support!

Tomorrow, take action to support FoodprintNYC!

Calling your representative is fast, easy, and effective. You can call on your way to the subway, while walking your dog or on your way home from the office. Every call that you make in support of or against a policy issue gets recorded.

Calls are usually short and you are rarely asked questions, as staffers are busy and want to take down your position and get you off the phone!"

FIND YOUR COUNCIL MEMBER HERE

Here's a short script to guide you through the call:

If your city council representative has not yet signed on as a co-sponsor of the resolution, please call their legislative office and urge him or her to support the resolution. Feel free to use the following simple script:
· Hello, my name is ______________ and I am a constituent.
· I live at/in ___________ (give street address or neighborhood so they know you are a constituent).
· I'm calling to urge Council Member _______ to support Resolution 2049 calling for FoodprintNYC.
At this time you’ll likely get thanked for calling, and then the purpose of your call will be recorded. If they do ask for more detailed information, here are the key points:
· The resolution was introduced in the City Council by Bill de Blasio on June 30, 2009.
· It is the first resolution in NYC or any other US city to exclusively address climate change through our food system.
· It calls for a citywide initiative to create greater access to local, fresh, healthy plant-based food, especially in low-income communities as well as city-run institutions.
· Increasing availability and use of local, healthy food decreases significant pollution caused by the growing, packing, processing and shipping of food.
If you’re calling after hours you can leave a message, state your name, where you’re from, your phone number and that you’d like your representative to co-sponsor Resolution 2049 calling for FoodprintNYC.
3b) If your city council representative is one of the 11 members who have already signed on as a co-sponsor of the resolution, please call and thank him or her for their support. Feel free to use the following simple script:
· Hello, my name is ______________ and I am a constituent.
· I live at/in ___________ (give street address or neighborhood so they know you are a constituent).
I'm calling to thank Council Member _______ for their support of Resolution 2049 calling for FoodprintNYC! I am so glad to see the connection between food and climate change being taken seriously.

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