The city of Chicago has an opportunity to correct long-standing environmental injustices related to the Chicago Weeds Ordinance. For years residents have been handed excessive citations, in direct contrast to the city’s sustainability goals. Even worse, working class neighborhoods on the South and West sides have seen a disproportionate number of these citations.
The Native Gardens Registry Ordinance would allow Chicagoans to register their native gardens and avoid senseless citations while protecting the critical role native gardens play in urban biodiversity.
Tell your alderman and Mayor Lori Lightfoot to protect native habitat in every corner of the city and Chicagoans’ right to cultivate it by passing the Native Gardens Registry Ordinance.
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