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 Maine?
Green Amendments For The Generations is work with our lead partner Down To Earth Storytelling to build a growing coalition of grassroots organizations, indigenous leaders, youth leaders, civic leaders, legislators, and dedicated residents.
On February 17, the Maine Green Amendment referred to as the Pine Tree Amendment (LD 489) was introduced by Senator Chloe Maxmin and referred to the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. A hearing is set for Monday March 8th, at 10:00am EST. Watch the hearing here!
The proposed bill reads as follows in Art. I of the Maine Constitution:
Section 25. Environmental rights. The people of the State have the right to a clean and healthy environment, including pure water, clean air and healthy ecosystems, and to the preservation of the natural, cultural, recreational, scenic and healthful qualities of the environment. The State may not infringe upon these rights by action or inaction or through the action of others. The State, including each branch, agency and political subdivision, shall serve as trustee of the natural resources of the State, among them its waters, air, flora, fauna, ecosystems and public lands. The State shall conserve, protect and maintain these resources for the benefit of all the people, including generations yet to come. The rights stated in this section are inherent, inalienable and indefeasible and are among those rights reserved to all the people and are on par with other protected inalienable rights.
Here’s The Story, an Emmy nominated show that premiered in 2011 and is produced by acclaimed journalist Steve Rogers, is now featuring a two part show featuring the Green Amendment movement. With a focus on New Jersey as a case study, the show joins Maya as she explores the history of the Green Amendment movement and meets with environmental, political and legal leaders key to the movements past, present and future. Among those interviewed is Governor Phil Murphy, PA Senator Franklin Kury who originally conceived of the idea for PA, and the chief justice who wrote the iconic opinion that helped launch the movement. You can watch the show, see Facebook live chats with some of the key players, and see the full interviews that were conducted as part of the show here: Here’s the Story: The Green Amendment.
If you want to support the effort to secure a Maine Green Amendment and want to get more engaged please sign our ME Green Amendment petition of support.
Want to know what you can do to help support the effort? Your help in securing sign on support is a great way to help build our Maine Green amendment movement. Print this ME petition, get your friends, family and neighbors to sign up and send it back to Green Amendments FTG at the address (first class post or email) at the bottom of the petition.
Maine-Specific Resources to help you learn more and spread the word
New Set of Frequently Asked Questions Fact Sheet Available: Have questions and want to learn a bit more about how a Green Amendment could work for and in Maine? Our ME FAQs 11.13.20 is available for your review and to share with others you want to engage on this important issue.
Learn about the process to amend the Maine Constitution here.
New Webinar Available – A Maine Green Amendment: Virtual Presentation and Q&A
Andy Burt and the MCAN coalition hosted an uplifting hour exploring an exciting movement to secure our rights to clean air, pure water, a viable environment, with protections for historical, culturally sacred, and scenic sites, for all Maine people, including future generations.
GAFTG founder and the Delaware Riverkeeper for 26 years, Maya van Rossum, discussed the national movement and how a Green Amendment might be used in current Maine environmental issues. Two featured speakers shared their stories on specific environmental issues in Maine:
- Roberta Zuckerman, a Protect South Portland member, discussed the immense fossil fuel emissions from Global Partners’ tanks and what local residents are doing in response
- Shelly Mountain, a long-time activist shared her story on mining issues in Aroostook county.
More Fact Sheets, FAQs, Webinars, Education Guides and More can be found on our main resources page: https://forthegenerations.org/resources/
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