Sixty-three (63) people signed our letter to El Cerrito Natural at our booth at the 4th of July Festival.
I presented your letters and signatures to the General Manager on July 23. El Cerrito Grocery is an employee-owned business. The GM, store supervisor, and staff all very much want to eliminate toxic plastic, and I learned that it will take time.
Good grocery business is complex: how to meet the desires of customers so they will keep patronizing the store, how to keep produce fresh, and how to conduct business in alignment with the owners’ values.
Coincidentally, the leadership team had a scheduled meeting this afternoon. On the agenda was the subject of plastic. The GM promised to take the letters to the meeting and share our request.
In the immediate, the store plans to eliminate clamshell lettuce that duplicates what is sold in bulk, i.e., the mixed salad greens. Some of the specialty lettuces are not available in bulk and the staff is concerned that customers will abandon El Cerrito Natural if they cannot buy those items there. I suggested they poll the customers for their preferences. The GM said they welcome customers to tell them their preferences as that helps them make decisions about what to stock in the store.
At the Annex, they have eliminated the biocompostable cups and brought in metal cups for water. They welcome people to bring their own containers for takeout, instead of using the paperboard containers they provide.
Thanks to everyone for your support to make El Cerrito healthier for all.
Come support Richmond residents suffering from health problems aggravated by coal and petroleum coke dust! On Thursday, July 18 at 5:30 pm, No Coal in Richmond will hold a rally and press conference on City Hall steps at 5:30 pm before the 6:30 pm Richmond Planning Commission meeting.
WHAT: No Coal in Richmond rally & Richmond Planning Commission hearing
WHEN: Thursday, July 18: rally & press conference 5:30, Planning Commission 6:30
WHERE: Richmond City Hall steps, 450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond CA 94804
The Planning Commission meeting will consider the Richmond Coal Ordinance, which prohibits new coal operations on private land in the city, prevents existing facilities from expanding, and provides for a graduated phase-out of coal operations. It relies on the city’s police powers to regulate businesses in the interest of residents’ health and safety.
No Coal in Richmond is urging the Planning Commission to recommend approval of the ordinance with a phase-out period of three years. A three-year phase-out will safeguard terminal workers’ jobs and allow the terminal enough time to convert their operations to safer bulk commodities. The commission’s recommendation will go before the City Council in September.
If you are a Richmond resident and want to speak at the hearing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Planning Commission testimony” in the subject line. This is your chance to voice your experience, or that of family members, of suffering health problems such as asthma and COPD.
No Coal in Richmond has collected 1,600 signatures on a letter to the City Council urging them to act to end coal and petroleum coke handling and storage at the Levin-
Richmond Terminal. We already suffer from the areas’s highest levels of asthma and other health problems caused by bad air quality.
To read the ordinance and learn more about the health effects of coal and petroleum coke dust, please visit the No Coal in Richmond website: https://ncir.weebly.com/
Original Post: https://nocoalinoakland.info/event/rally-to-get-coal-out-of-richmond/
Despite the federal government’s inaction and attempts to deny the effects of its policies on the environment and society, people across the United State are taking action to combat climate change. Join us to watch this National Geographic film about inspired and inspiring people working to make a difference and talk with fellow human beings about ways we can make a difference locally.
Saturday, September 21 @ 7PM
Berkeley Zion Presbyterian Church, 545 Ashbury Ave., El Cerrito
Seats are limited–Reserve yours now https://www.eventbrite.com/e/film-from-paris-to-pittsburgh-tickets-65316386069
We love our hometown organic grocery store, El Cerrito Natural. We would love it more if vegetables and fruit were not packaged in plastic wrap or plastic clamshells. Plastic is a toxic material, and it is a contradiction to sell organic product wrapped or packaged in plastic. Other produce markets and farmers at El Cerrito Farmers Market are selling produce without plastic packaging or use of plastic bags!
We have drafted a letter to El Cerrito Natural’s owner, Mr. Bob Gerner asking him to consider sourcing product from farmers who use sustainable packaging.
If you did not sign our group letter to Bob at the 4th of July WorldOne Festival, feel free to copy our letter or write your own, then sign and deliver or mail it to El Cerrito Natural Grocery, 10367 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, CA 94530. Please encourage your neighbors and friends who shop there to write a letter too.
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We value that your store sells organic food products. Those products support the health of all in our community.
We are writing to urge you to source produce from famers who do not package their harvest in plastic. It is a contradiction in values to sell organic fruit, such as berries, and organic greens, in plastic containers. Not only is plastic harmful to the environment and living beings, encasing berries and greens exposes those foods to potentially carcinogenic chemicals.
There is overwhelming evidence that plastic causes grievous harm to the environment and living beings. We hope you will consider our request.
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