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Advocacy

We are living through a critical moment that demands all of our voices. Hazon is here to help you take action… even if you aren’t following all the complexities taking place on Capitol Hill!

We are tracking opportunities for the Jewish community to tip the scales toward climate smart food policy.  Make sure that you are signed up for our email list and we’ll call you to action (well, we’ll email you to action) when a groundswell of grassroots voices would make a difference. Frequency will depend on exactly what is happening legislatively but expect 6-10 alerts per year. We will ask you to pick up the phone to ask for a very specific detail- a highly effective tactic compared to petitions with sweeping requests.

Intimidated by the thought of calling your legislator? We’ll make it easy by providing a clear script. You don’t need any prior understanding of what a filibuster is or what political infighting is happening in which relevant subcommittees! All you will need is the script and your precious voice- the most powerful lever of democracy.

With massive momentum building and a lot of climate conscious discussion happening on capitol hill, millions of farmers and eaters are moving the needle toward an equitable, nutritious food system that sequesters carbon, reduces waste, adapts to a changing climate and corrects for longstanding discrimination to put our food security in the hands of people rather than consolidated industry.

Check out our action alerts here and find out what we’re reading about federal food and farm policy here.

There are many strong organizations out there doing the hard work of following the issues and helping connect individuals to their elected leaders at the right times with the right messages. Consider connecting with one of our incredible allies and partners to further your involvement or take direct action. 

Partners and Allies

Citizen’s Climate Lobby: A non-religious advocate for policy change, but which has a cohort Jewish Action Group for its members

Dayenu: The largest Jewish voice advocating for policy change

Jewish Earth Alliance: is a grassroots network of partner organizations working together to enable Jews to engage in the policy process as citizens.

Jewish Climate Action Network: Mobilizing communities to take leadership in bold climate campaigns through education and reducing carbon footprints.

National Religious Partnership for the Environment: seeking to encourage people of faith to weave values and programs of care for God’s creation throughout the entire fabric of religious life

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: advocates for federal policy reform for the sustainability of food systems, natural resources, and rural communities

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: advocates for federal policy reform for the sustainability of food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.

Participating Member – These are the advocacy partners and channels Hazon, as an organization, regularly advocates through:

Jewish Social Justice Roundtable

Jewish Earth Alliance

Jewish Climate Action Network: Mobilizing communities to take leadership in bold climate campaigns through education and reducing carbon footprints.

National Religious Partnership for the Environment: seeking to encourage people of faith to weave values and programs of care for God’s creation throughout the entire fabric of religious life

 

Recent Public Statements – When appropriate, Hazon adds our name in support of pending legislation or in general support of issues at a Federal and local (in NY and Michigan) level; we do not endorse any particular candidates.

In the summer of 2021 Hazon joined 215 groups in sending a letter to House and Senate leadership asking that the budget reconciliation package double investment in current Farm Bill conservation programs.

The Healthy Future Students and Earth Act – In 2021, Hazon endorsed proposed federal legislation to enable school districts to serve healthy, climate-friendly meals. The Healthy Future Students and Earth Act will establish a new pilot program where school districts can apply for grants to support them in serving plant-based entrees and plant-based milk options. With seven billion meals served in schools each year, healthy and climate-friendly lunch menus have the power to nourish our children while also addressing one of the greatest problems that faces them: climate change. Here is a fact sheet with more information.

50by40 open letter to Member States of the UN – Hazon signed on to 50by40’s open letter to the Member States of the United Nations calling for a global Just Livestock Transition to secure livelihoods, mitigate climate change, improve environment and health. The letter and campaign is intended to help make a strong case for Just Livestock Transition in the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit and COP26.

Friends of the Earth letter to USDA on climate change – In 2021, Hazon joined as a signatory to comments submitted in response to the USDA’s Request for Public Comment on the Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. Organized by Friends of the Earth, it begins, “We commend President Biden and the USDA for recognizing that agriculture is both a major driver of climate change and an indispensable solution to climate change.”

ecoAmerica MomentUs statement – This statement, targeted at the then-incoming Biden Administration and the 117th congress, calls for the necessary Ambition, Restoration and Justice we need to secure a safe and prosperous future. You can read the statement and more about the initiative, which is ongoing and was initiated in early 2021, here.

The Nexus Between Health and Climate – Hazon signed on to this letter coordinated by the Nutrition-Climate Coalition urging the then-incoming Biden Administration to address the crucial connection between food choices, nutrition, climate and health—and the role that policy plays in shaping our food choices. The main ask was to set up an interagency stakeholder engagement process to devise policies that incentivize a shift towards more plant-based eating as a critical strategy for achieving Biden’s climate, public health and equity goals.

ASPCA letter to USDA urging factory farm reform – In 2021, Hazon joined a coalition of 65 non-profits, farming groups, and companies that envision a brighter future for agriculture, animals, people and the environment, in sending a letter to newly confirmed U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. The letter urges Secretary Vilsack to take action on vital issues that will improve the lives of the billions of animals raised for food and reduce the influence of industrial agriculture practices that harm animals, farmers, workers and consumers.

Climate Summit Statement – a gathering of faith leaders from around the country came together in support of this statement leading up to the White House Summit on the Environment, April 22, 2021. Our staff actively participated in this process.

Farm System Reform Act – public signatory of letter laying out a pathway towards a more sustainable, humane farming system, starting with a moratorium on large CAFOs and a full prohibition of large CAFOs by 2040

Citizen’s Climate Lobby – Hazon supports the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act as an effective, bipartisan response to the climate crisis. We are facing a global climate emergency, and people of all faiths have a responsibility to take action in order to prevent the most devastating consequences and to preserve a habitable planet for future generations. Scholarly analysis (Columbia University) shows that the EIDCA will result in a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, reduced air pollution, a shift to cleaner energy sources, and have a net positive financial effect on low- and middle-income households.

COVID-19 Recovery Package Letter – public signatory of letter to ensure future stimulus efforts target green infrastructure and jobs nationally

#SaveOurCompost Coalition of NYC – public signatory of advocacy letter to reinstate NYC compost program

Climate Works for All Coalition of NYC – public signatory of letter to ensure future stimulus efforts target green infrastructure and jobs in NYC

The Justice for Black Farmers Act will enact policies to end discrimination within the USDA, protect remaining Black farmers from losing their land, provide land grants to create a new generation of Black farmers and restore the land base that has been lost, and implement systemic reforms to help family farmers across the United States.

 

Check out our program offerings, educational materials, and online resources. In particular we recommend:

Hazon Seal of Sustainability – Our top recommendation and resource to support you in transforming your Jewish institution and building a more sustainable future for your entire community is the Hazon Seal of Sustainability. Join with hundreds of other individuals who are advocating for and realizing real and meaningful change.

Brit Hazon – Make a personal commitment to change your behavior, take a stand to reduce climate change, and amplify your voice!