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Securing Our Right to a Healthy Climate: Legal Strategies and Voices from the Turnaround Generation

September 22, 2023, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT

Virtual Panel / Presentation hosted by Sustainable Hudson Valley

Young people in Montana recently won a landmark legal victory in a lawsuit targeting the state’s fossil fuel production as a violation of their rights to clean air and water and a healthy environment, which is laid out in Montana’s state constitution – and New York’s. These youth-led efforts have been a moral mobilizer in spite of being legally challenging. How do we translate constitutional rights into meaningful action to restore local environments and reverse patterns of injustice?  What strategies will get results? This lively strategic conversation brings together a top national leader in the “environmental rights” movement with a Newburgh civil rights and environmental justice leader, a Columbia undergraduate who is a plaintiff in a similar suit, and a young Environmental Justice Fellow in the City of Newburgh. How do we move out of playing defense and secure our rights to a healthy environment, in court and at the local level? Hear from Hudson Valley grassroots leaders working in hands-on environmental restoration along with legal advocates, as we weave a web of strategy by and for the “turnaround generation.



  • Maya van Rossum, Founder of the Green Amendment For The Generations Movement
  • Kyle Conway, Board Member, NAACP Newburgh / Highland Falls
  • Claudia Sachs, Columbia University Student

For more information, please visit: https://www.hvclimatesolutionsweek.org/events/securing-our-right-to-a-healthy-climate-legal-strategies-and-voices-from-the-turnaround-generation



September 22, 2023
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EDT