Michigan

What is a Green Amendment? Green Amendments are self executing provisions added to the Bill of Rights section of a constitution that recognize and protect the rights of all people – regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or income, including future generations – to pure water, clean air, a stable climate, and healthy environments.

What’s Happening in Michigan

The Green Amendment Movement is beginning to build in Michigan.  Leaders are starting to gather and strategize.  

If you want to take action to advance a Green Amendment in Michigan, go here.

The Proposed Michigan Green Amendment language:

Article 1, Section 22 of the Michigan Constitution shall be added to read:

Every person has an inherent and inalienable right to a clean and healthy environment, including clean water, air, and soils; balanced ecosystems; a stable climate; and to the preservation of the natural, cultural, recreational, and healthful qualities of the environment. The state shall take no action that would infringe upon these rights. The state shall protect these rights equitably for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomics, or geography.

Michigan’s natural resources, including but not limited to, its waters, air, native flora and fauna, soils, and climate, are the common property of all the people, including both present and future generations. The state, including each branch, agency, and political subdivision, shall serve as trustee of these resources, and shall conserve, protect, and maintain these resources for the benefit of all the people.  

This provision and the rights stated herein are self-executing.

Catch up on what a Green Amendment is by watching a recording of our first Michigan Meeting.

Read about the process to amend the Michigan State Constitution here.

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