A GREEN BRONX
Climate change represents the greatest threat to our city, our residents, and our future. Bronx residents suffer from the country’s worst asthma effects, and the Cross Bronx Expressway contributes to the quality of the air we breathe. Funding for Sanitation services was slashed, and there are blocks that haven’t been swept in months. We live in the greenest borough, and yet our environment continues to be overlooked.
We must invest in strategies that will cut our carbon emissions down to zero by 2030. That includes real investment in renewable energy sources, divesting from carbon creating energy, and enforcing and expanding the Climate Mobilization Act (CMA). From changes to our transit system to municipal control of our public utility, our climate resilience efforts must be persistent.
Our plan for a Green Bronx:
•Restore funding to the NYC Department of Sanitation
•Expand the NYC clean trucks program to replace, retrofit or scrap heavy polluting diesel trucks to ease the financial burden of purchasing new vehicles
•Expand funding for Waste Prevention methods
•Ensure there is Borough-based equity in solid waste management
•Support the reinstatement of the Bronx Solid Waste Advisory Board
•Develop additional organics sorting and processing capacity in New York City and the region
•Expand community composting opportunities in all five boroughs
•Restore funding for the NYC Parks department
•Retrofit NYCHA to ensure existing buildings' greenhouse gas emissions are net-zero
•Build green roofs, solar power, and rainwater repurposing programs
•Expand the Green Streets program in communities with less parkland
•Support 100% renewable and publicly owned power
•Mandate that our schools, buildings, housing, and hospitals adhere to the updated asthma guidelines from the American Lung Association
Addressing Food Scarcity
2.5 million New Yorkers were already grappling with food insecurity before the Coronavirus pandemic. A new report from City Harvest says another 800,000 have been added to that figure in just the last six months, and food insecurity in NYC could rise by 38% before 2021. Food insecurity has always been a rampant issue in New York City due to poverty and the pervasiveness of food deserts, and, unfortunately, it's gotten worse with the pandemic. New Yorkers should not have to resort to portion control or skipping a meal to ration their food.
Our plan to Address Food Scarcity:
•Increase funding for local food pantries
•Expand SNAP and WIC Outreach, SNAP Pre-screening, and enrollment to ensure eligible residents access these benefits
•Expand the Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) program brings healthy and affordable food options to communities by lowering the costs of owning, leasing, developing, and renovating retail supermarket space
•Increase funding for urban gardens as a means to produce locally grown nutritious food
In the meantime, we can support efforts by local organizers to address food insecurity. You can donate to organizations like POTS, which hosts an Emergency Food Program providing a daily nutritiously balanced lunch, The Okra Project, which brings healthy, home-cooked meals to Black queer people in need, while City Meals on Wheels brings hot meals to older adults across the five boroughs. NY Common Pantry accepts food donations, In It Together is seeking volunteers, you can always locate your nearest community fridge to supply refrigerated items like produce.