Under the current U.S. system of environmental laws and governance, communities are being harmed by environmental pollution and degradation; with indigenous communities, communities of color, and low-income communities being disproportionately impacted. Green Amendments transform this U.S. legal paradigm, so that the inalienable rights to clean water and air, a stable climate and healthy environments are given the same constitutional and legal protection as we give to the other human, civil and political rights such as speech, property, and gun rights.
Currently there are 3 states that recognize and protect environmental rights at the highest constitutional level. In 2013, a watershed legal victory was achieved in Pennsylvania that not only protected Pennsylvania communities, but affirmed the constitutional right of people in the state to a clean and healthy environment.
Following this victory, Maya van Rossum (lead environmental plaintiff in the case) launched the Green Amendment movement, dedicated to empowering every American community to mobilize for this kind of constitutional change. Join this talk to learn what a Green Amendment is, how and why this pathway for constitutional protection of environmental rights and justice.