Help Bring Recompose to California

AB 501 is almost through the legalization process. Please send in your letter of support ASAP ahead of its next hearing on Monday, August 16.

How to Submit Your 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.

We are seeking letters from three groups in particular. If you are a member of the below, please be sure to mention it in your letter:

  • Business leaders or owners
  • Leaders or member of faith communities 
  • Leaders or members of environmental advocacy groups 

The letter below was drafted by legislative staff to help Assemblymember Garcia and the bill’s co-sponsors 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 snider.annabel@gmail.com with “AB 501 Support Letter” in the subject line.

Letter Template

Send to: snider.annabel@gmail.com with “RE: Support for AB 501: Reduction of Human Remains” 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 (NOR). 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 has been legal since July 1, 2020.  AB 501 simply gives families another burial option when they are choosing what to do with their loved one’s remains.

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 leach chemicals into the ground from the treated casket wood and embalming chemicals. For every individual that chooses NOR over traditional burial or cremation, one metric ton of carbon is prevented from being 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 2.5 million 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]

[Position in organization, if applicable]

[City or district]

[Email or phone number]

Send to: snider.annabel@gmail.com

Additional Background

Recompose is partnering with Assemblymember Cristina Garcia  and Senator Dr. Susan Talamantes Eggman to bring forward AB 501 and expand the ecological death care options available in California.

  • You can read the bill and follow its progress on the California legislature’s website. AB501 has successfully passed the California State Assembly, the Senate Business and Professions Committee, and the Senate Health Committee.
  • The bill will be heard next in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday, August 16. Your letters will be vital in convincing lawmakers this legislation is something Californians need and want now.
  • Thank you to all 200+ Californians who have sent in letters of support so far. If you sent in a letter of support ahead of any previous hearings, please send it in again. You can use the same text and send it to Annabel Snider, senior assistant in Assemblymember Garcia’s office, at snider.annabel@gmail.com.
  • If you are not a California resident, you can still send in a letter of support. In addition to letters from constituents, the number of letters received is also important for the committee.

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.