Monday, July 20, 2009

FoodprintNYC Call-In Day to City Council representatives

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!

Here are three quick steps to calling your representative and voicing your support for the FoodprintNYC resolution:

1) Find your City Council representative.

2) Find out if your City Council representative has signed on as a co-sponsor of the FoodprintNYC resolution.

3a) 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.

Thank you!!



FoodprintNYC background

It is estimated that globally one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions comes 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.

Resolution 2049 is the first ever to address climate change exclusively through our food system and proposes "FoodprintNYC," a citywide initiative designed to lessen the impact the City's food choices and production systems have on climate change through the launch of a public awareness campaign, greater access to local, fresh, healthy food, and the mobilization of the financial and technical support needed to sustain these efforts, especially in low-income communities as well as city-run institutions.

FoodprintNYC, pushed for by the NYC Foodprint Alliance, is meant to build on PlaNYC, which aims to reduce global warming and encourage environmental awareness, yet does not address food and farming. The resolution also builds upon the environmentally friendly policies and programs recommended in the Manhattan Borough President's 2009 report "Food in the Public Interest."

For more information: www.foodprintusa.org or nadia@justfood.org.

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