Climate Justice

Fort Greene Park Upgrades

  

Earlier this year, Fort Greene Park was awarded $7M for upgrades inside and around the park through the Parks Without Borders program, but local residents felt left out of the planning process. When this campaign asked about what they'd like to see, they shared the following ideas:

Infrastructure:

  • A net around the basketball court
  • Accessible ramps at all entrances
  • More drinking fountains
  • Swings for all sizes
  • More bathrooms
  • Recycling bins
  • Lights at night
  • Solar panels
  • A band shell
  • A dog run


Programming:

  • Educational programs for both kids and adults
  • Puppet Shows
  • Food Drives


Rules and Regulations:

  • Stricter dog leash laws

  

Fighting Climate Change

Jabari supports the Green New Deal, advocated by the Green Party, which would usher a nationwide transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030. NYC can do it's part by:

  • Investing in offshore wind and tidal energy
  • Investing in local community microgrids
  • Divesting the city's pension fund from fossil fuels
  • Divesting the city's pension fund from banks which fund disastrous pipelines

Jabari also supports Community Choice Aggregation, which allows communities to come together and collectively bargain for alternative energy contracts.

 

Food Security

As of 2014, 1.4 million New Yorkers rely on food pantries and soup kitchens. The lines are long and the people are hungry. Simultaneously, our city throws away 1 million tons of food each year. That disparity makes no sense.

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(graphic from Feeding America)


This campaign is calling for the full funding of food rescue programs like City Harvest. We can use funding from the sanitation budget, and spend our taxes bringing food to food banks, not landfills. The removal of of 1 million tons of food from our landfills would also decrease the amount of methane released from rotting produce. Methane is an extremely potent greenhouse gas.