Help Bring Recompose to California

California has joined the growing list of states working to legalizing Recompose’s process, natural organic reduction (also known as human composting).

Bill AB-2592 is being led by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), has been covered by publications including the Sacramento BeeKCRW, and CBS LA, and garnered this positive endorsement from the LA Times Editorial Board.

On June 8, 2020, AB-2592 passed the California State Assembly by a vote of 69-1-9. Congratulations to California and to the over 160 of you who sent in letters of support!

California Residents: We Need Your Help!

Now that AB-2592 has successfully passed the Assembly, the Senate will complete the same bill consideration process. If you live or work in California, please help Recompose by taking a few minutes to submit a letter of support to your lawmakers. The process should take less than 10 minutes, and your letters are vital to making sure California legislators know their constituents support this bill.

If you submitted a letter before, the Senate would like you to please submit again. You can submit the same letter, but they do need to see it submitted prior to the Senate hearing and won’t be taking the previous Assembly support letters into account. The good news: The process is much simpler this time so we shouldn’t have any portal-related issues.

Here’s how to submit your letter of support for AB-2592:

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 the Senators want to hear. The purpose of this letter is to give Assemblymember Garcia and the bill’s co-sponsors ample evidence to demonstrate for the Senate 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 Tiffany.Ryan@asm.ca.gov with “AB-2592 Support Letter” in the subject line. Please submit your letter by July 15, 2020 to register your support before the bill’s first Senate hearing. Anyone can submit support, and we are especially looking for letters from organizations, business leaders in the funeral industry, and leaders or members of faith communities. Thank you for registering your support! If you need help or have questions, please contact anna@recompose.life.

SAMPLE SUPPORT LETTER TEMPLATE

Send to: Tiffany.Ryan@asm.ca.gov with “AB-2592 Support Letter” in the subject line

[Insert month, day] 2020

Assemblymember Cristina Garcia

State Capitol

Sacramento, CA 95814

Dear Assemblymember Garcia,

[Name of organization or individual] is pleased to offer support for Assembly Bill 2592.  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, which will be legal July 1, 2020.  AB-2592 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 2592 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 your edited email to: Tiffany.Ryan@asm.ca.gov

If you need help or have questions, email anna@recompose.life. Thank you!

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.

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