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 Kentucky?
Green Amendments For The Generations has been working closely the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL). GAFTG Founder Maya van Rossum presented at NCEL’s 2019 annual conference to over 150 legislators, educating them on the value and power of a Green Amendment. This presentation inspired Representative Josie Raymond (31st LD) to consider such provision for the people of Kentucky, and in January 2021, she proposed a Green Amendment (House Bill 107) in Kentucky.
This amendment would establish “a right of the people to have a clean and healthy environment with the preservation of the natural, scenic and cultural values of the environment, and for the Commonwealth to serve as the trustee for the conservation and maintenance of the environment and its natural resources for the benefit of all people.”
We will continue to work with NCEL and Representative Raymond to educate legislators, organizations and community members on the environmental rights of the people of Kentucky.
Learn about the process to amend the Kentucky Constitution here. More Kentucky specific resources and petition coming soon.
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