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Take action for a just and climate-smart food system

Take action for a just and climate-smart food system… 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 effective policy. Join our advocacy alert list and we’ll call you to action (well, we’ll email you to action) whenever a groundswell of grassroots voices would make a difference.


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Does calling your legislator and asking them to support, or oppose, an upcoming bill sound intimidating? 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!

Does commenting on a Department of Agriculture rulemaking process sound kind of boring? We’re not going to lie, it is. But with our help, it will take only five minutes or less out of your day!

Jewish heroism has never been limited to the story of young David with a loaded slingshot or Judah Maccabee with his shield. Our work on behalf of a just and abundant future has mostly manifested as stories of individuals joining together to collectively do the small, and sometimes boring, and sometimes intimidating, work.

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the food system accounts for more one third of global greenhouse gas emissions. Thirty five million people in the U.S. confronted hunger in 2019 while 30-40% of food produced was wasted, accounting for millions of tons of unnecessary pollution and trillions of gallons of irrigation water used to no effect. 

Join us in heeding the call of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Z”L who said that “The opposite of good is not evil; the opposite of good is indifference. In a free society where terrible wrongs exist, some are guilty, but all are responsible.”

While Heschel taught us to take action, he also taught us to wake up in the morning and feel the radical amazement of being alive, to seek happiness through wonder. At Hazon, we recommend heeding both of his teachings by trading out your doom scrolling practice for a practice of acting on our advocacy alerts, freeing yourself up for more radical amazement and more wonder with the knowledge that you spoke up at this pivotal moment in history.

Advocacy Alert: July 2021

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BACKGROUND

Imagine if Congress took transformative action on climate change and agriculture through a racial and economic justice lens. How different would our food system look in two, five, ten, or fifty years if our country made a serious investment this year in just, climate-friendly agricultural solutions? Imagine how much more ‘fit to eat’ our food would be!
We have an opportunity to make progress on that vision today. Congress is currently working on legislation that offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fund climate-friendly agriculture conservation practices, climate and agriculture research, and resilient local supply chain infrastructure. Let’s remind lawmakers in the House and Senate that their constituents want them to take bold, transformative action for the future of our food system.

HOW TO HELP

Take a few minutes to call your legislators. You have two Senators and a Congressperson.

Dial: (202) 224-3121

Tell the operator that you’d like to speak to one of the senators for your state. Use the provided script and feel free to add details about why you care. Go ahead and leave a message if no one answers. Hang up and dial the switchboard again to ask for your other senator, and then again for your representative in the house.

SCRIPT

Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am a constituent. I am calling about pending infrastructure legislation. I hope that the [SENATOR or REPRESENTATIVE] will support a just transition in the food system by investing at least $200 billion to help farmers adopt climate-friendly practices, allow researchers to develop climate-resilient crops, and support local and regional supply chains. Historically marginalized farmers should be intentionally included in these investments to correct for past discrimination. Can I count on your office to champion this critical funding for a resilient and climate-friendly food system?

Thank you.

Advocacy Alert: May 2021

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BACKGROUND

Congress is writing an infrastructure bill with a great deal of climate mitigation potential. They need to hear from their constituents that climate is a priority in order to make the bill as ambitious as it needs to be. 

HOW TO HELP

Take a few minutes to call your members of congress to tell them you want sweeping climate legislation.

You have two senators and a representative in the House of Representatives. Dial: (202) 224-3121

Tell the operator that you’d like to speak to one of the senators for your state. Use the provided script and feel free to add details about why you care. Call back to ask for your other senator, and then again for your representative in the house.

SCRIPT

Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am a constituent. I’m calling to tell you that I want ambitious climate action in the upcoming infrastructure package. The plan should include (choose any or all of the items on the below a-la carte menu of climate solutions.)

  • clean electricity standards 
  • investment in renewable energy 
  • the establishment of a civilian climate corps
  • incentives for farmers to use climate-friendly practices
  • a guarantee that 40% of investments will go to disadvantaged communities

Thank you.

Advocacy Alert: April 2021

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BACKGROUND

The President recently laid out The American Jobs Plan, a broad infrastructure bill that aims to transition the U.S. off of fossil fuels via investment in green jobs, clean energy standards, and incentives for green technology. Now it is up to congress to write and pass a bill based on, and hopefully even strengthening, the plan. 

HOW TO HELP

Take a few minutes to call your members of congress to tell them you want sweeping climate legislation.

You have two senators and a representative in the House of Representatives. Dial: (202) 224-3121

Tell the operator that you’d like to speak to one of the senators for your state. Use the provided script and feel free to add details about why you care. Call back to ask for your other senator, and then again for your representative in the house.

SCRIPT

Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am a constituent. I’m calling to tell you that I support American investment in the green economy. I hope you and your colleagues will take up and strengthen the American Jobs Plan, passing legislation that creates jobs while centering a just transition off of fossil fuels. Thank you.

 

Advocacy Alert: March 2021

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BACKGROUND
Electric tractors. Crops that pull carbon out of the air and store it in the ground. The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program funds farmer-driven innovation in climate smart practices like these. SARE needs a minimum of 60 million dollars in discretionary funding in the upcoming spending bill in order to order to help farmers get to net zero emissions.

HOW TO HELP
Take 60 seconds to call your senator and ask that 60 million dollars in discretionary spending for SARE be included in the next spending bill. Dial the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and request your senator’s office by using your zip code or by telling them your senator’s name. Use the provided script and feel free to add details about why you care.

SCRIPT
Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am a constituent. I’m calling about funding for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program. Innovation is critical to feeding the world while averting climate catastrophe by eliminating greenhouse gas emissions. As you write the next spending bill, please allocate $60 million in discretionary funding for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (SARE) program. Thank you.

That’s it! By focusing on a very specific ask, you’ve helped pave the way for a safer climate future. Thanks for playing a critical role in the Jewish climate movement!

Advocacy Alert: January 2021

Introduce yourself to your legislator! The 117th Congress began it’s session yesterday, January 3rd, with greater potential for climate action than ever in history. The more your members of congress hear from you, the more accountable they are on the issues you care about. For now, just say hello by filling in the blanks of the below script and sending one copy to your congressperson, and a copy to each of your two senators. When you find your folks using the links in the previous sentence, just click through to the contact pages on their websites to find their email address or a contact form.

Dear (Senator or Congressperson) ________________,

The urgent need to put the full weight of the federal government behind a just and climate-smart food system will greet you on day one of the upcoming legislative session. As a constituent living in ___City, State_________. I hope you will rise to the occasion on behalf of our collective future. We have the technology and the know-how to reform the ways that we grow and distribute food. All we need is the political will and I hope that you will have the courage to  incentivize regenerative production models and to penalize pollution; to make healthy food accessible to all regardless of income; and to drastically reduce the amount of food that goes to waste.

Throughout the coming months I will be following up with your office to advocate for just and climate-smart policies with respect to food and farming. I am hopeful for all that we can accomplish.

Thank you,

_______Your Name_______

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