This just in, the city of San Francisco is having a hearing Monday that will decide if a resolution calling on California to create a Do Not Mail Registry will come before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. A Do Not Mail Registry would give citizens the choice to stop receiving unwanted junk mail.
Can you imagine?
Because I’m so green I won’t be taking my private jet up to San Francisco, but I am extending an invitation to all you.
WHAT: San Francisco City Operations & Neighborhood Services Committee hearing on the Do Not Mail Resolution (Sponsor: Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi). The Committee, comprised of Supervisors Alioto-Pier, Daly, and Dufty, will listen to testimony from citizens and experts supporting the resolution, including a retired postal worker and small business owners.
WHEN: Monday, March 23, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. (press conference on City Hall steps) and 1:00 p.m. (hearing, Room 244).
WHERE: San Francisco City Hall, Room 244.
Download a copy of the resolution here.
“Junk mailers have stifled all efforts to give Americans what they want: a free, enforceable, and comprehensive solution to junk mail’s waste and annoyance,” said Ginger Cassady, of ForestEthics’ Do Not Mail campaign. “San Francisco has the chance to be the first government body in the United States to represent the will of the people on this issue.”
Launched in March 2008, more than 92,000 Americans have signed the petition at http://donotmail.org, which calls for the creation of a national Do Not Mail Registry.
100 billion pieces of junk mail are mailed to Americans each year, which requires the logging of 100 million trees and produces the greenhouse gas emissions of over nine million cars. Junk mail distributed in the United States currently accounts for 30% of all the mail delivered in the world, though 44% of it goes to landfills unopened.
ForestEthics, a nonprofit with staff in Canada, the United States and Chile, recognizes that individual people can be mobilized to create positive environmental change—and so can corporations. Armed with this unique philosophy, ForestEthics has protected more than twelve million acres of Endangered Forests. Visit http://www.donotmail.org for more information.
Photo courtesy of Robert Rijkhoff who has masterminded a No Junk Mail movement in the UK, he is at Stop Junk Mail.
[This post was written by Jessica Gottlieb.]