Target: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Goal: Create green infrastructure in New York City to help combat natural disasters
“Green Infrastructure” is a fairly new idea that solves issues like flooding and the chronic lack of green space in many cities. Green infrastructure is the concept of using natural assets — like trees, green space and watersheds, to solve some of the problems that cities are facing today, like flooding. It is using nature to combat natural disasters, and to restore itself. Also, it creates green space in cities, which is pleasant for the population.
Philadelphia was dealing with a lot of flooding. To alleviate this, they created porous asphalt so the rainwater is immediately soaked into the ground and does not flood people’s homes. Then, the water is either absorbed back into the dirt or streamed through the city’s sewer system. Also, the Water Department of Philadelphia is using natural resources to restore the wetlands in and around the city.
Today, one of New York’s greatest issues is the air pollution, which ends up reducing the quality of life. Mayor Bill de Blasio ran on an environmental campaign; however, when he got to office, he had to deal with the Polar Vortex and the removal of the snow, very real issues in such a huge metropolis. But now, as of June 2014, de Blasio still has yet to make any moves regarding reducing pollution and creating a cleaner New York.
His predecessor — Michael Bloomberg — left behind a plan to create and foster green infrastructure in the ever-changing New York City. Right now, many environmental advocacy groups are calling on Mayor de Blasio to move forward on this plan, and create a sustainable New York City. We are joining them to push this plan into action.
Dear Mayor de Blasio,
Throughout your campaign, you made it clear that environmental policy was at the top of your to-do list for New York. However, more pressing matters — like the Polar Vortex — got in the way. That’s all okay, but now, it is time to move forward with the Green Infrastructure plan.
Green infrastructure has been wildly successful for both the people and ecosystems of various cities. Philadelphia’s recent policies on restoring wildlife and stopping flooding have been successful.
So, today, Mayor de Blasio, we are calling on you to move forward in bringing the green infrastructure project to its fruition. It is one main part of creating a sustainable and forward-looking New York City.
[Your Name Here]
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