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Help Bring Recompose to California

We need your help to legalize the Recompose process in California. Please submit your letter of support by Monday, April 12.

Help Bring Natural Organic Reduction to California

Recompose is partnering with Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, District 58, to bring forward AB 501, to expand the ecological death care options available. If passed, AB 501 will legalize Recompose’s process, natural organic reduction, in California. You can read the bill and follow its progress on the California legislature’s website.

On April 20 (updated date), the Assembly Business and Professions Committee will hold a public hearing to consider the bill. Public support will be critical to moving this proposed legislation out of the committee for a vote by the full legislature. Please see below for how to submit your letter of support by Monday, April 12 at midnight PT.

If you miss this deadline, there will be more opportunities to support the bill as it moves through the legislature. If you have any questions, please email Annabel Snider at Annabel.Snider@asm.ca.gov.

Thank you to everyone who submitted letters in favor of AB2592 in the 2020 legislative session. After broad bipartisan support, in August 2020 the California State Senate shelved the bill due to pandemic-related budget concerns. Your letters will help convince lawmakers this bill is timely and worth funding now.

Thank you for helping bring ecological death care to California!

Submit Your Written Support

Sending a letter of written testimony is a great way to demonstrate support of this bill. Please personalize your submission and include your own reasons for supporting NOR as a death care option in California. You might consider mentioning your desire for more choices, your commitment to land and nature, ending the climate crisis, or your personal connection to becoming soil.

How to Submit Your Letter of Support

1. Copy/paste the sample letter below into a new email message. Edit the bracketed sections to add your name, location, and contact info.

In addition to individuals, we are looking for two kinds of support letters in particular:

  • If you are a business leader or owner, we need your help showing this bill has support from industries and will be beneficial for the communities you serve. Be sure to list your title and company in your letter.
  • If you are a member of a faith community, we need your support so lawmakers understand this process is respectful and meaningful for the people who want it. Be sure to list your title and faith community in your letter.

The letter below was drafted by legislative staff to include the information lawmakers want to hear. The purpose of this letter is to give Assemblymember Garcia and the bill’s co-sponsors ample evidence to demonstrate how many Californians support this bill and why.

2. Add a brief explanation of why this option is meaningful to you, your business, or your faith community (optional).

3. Send your edited email to Annabel.Snider@asm.ca.gov with “AB 501 Support Letter” in the subject line.

Letter Template

Send to: Annabel.Snider@asm.ca.gov with “AB 501 Support Letter” in the subject line

[Insert month, day] 2021

Assemblymember Cristina Garcia

State Capitol

Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Assemblymember Garcia,

[Name of organization or individual] is pleased to offer support for Assembly Bill 501.  This legislation would allow a natural disposition of remains by natural organic reduction. Current California law limits the method of reducing human remains. Right now, the only allowable method of burial or for the disposition of human remains is traditional burial, cremation and alkaline hydrolysis. AB 501 simply gives families another burial option when they are choosing what to do with their loved one’s remains.

[Why this option is personally meaningful to you, your business, or your faith community]

Cremation accounts for over 66% of after-death choices within California, but requires fossil fuels and emits CO2 into the atmosphere, polluting our air and contributing to climate change. Traditional burials with a casket leaches chemicals into the ground from the treated casket wood and embalming chemicals. For every individual that chooses traditional burial or cremation, one metric ton of carbon is emitted into the atmosphere.

As cemeteries begin to fill up and land is less available for burial plots, Californians are looking for more sustainable death care practices. AB 501 would create an additional option for death care practice that is more environmentally friendly and sustainable. If every California resident chose natural reduction as their after-death preference, we would save nearly 2.5M metric tons of CO2 in just 10 years.

For the above reasons, I/we support this important legislation.  If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at [insert phone number] or [insert email].

Sincerely,

[Name]

[Name of your organization as applicable]

[Location]

[Contact info: Email or phone number]

Send to: Annabel.Snider@asm.ca.gov

Land Acknowledgement

Recompose acknowledges we make our lives and livelihoods on the lands of the Coast Salish People, specifically the Duwamish People. We honor with gratitude the Duwamish People past and present, the land itself, and the Duwamish Tribe.

Colonization is an active, persistent process. Indigenous communities continue to be resilient in protecting their ecological and cultural lifeways and deathways despite ongoing oppression. Recompose respects, shares, and supports this commitment to climate healing and environmental justice. Join Recompose in contributing to Real Rent Duwamish.