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Wissahickon Valley Speaker Series

December 4, 2018, 6:00 pm EST

(NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for May 15th, 2018.)

Join veteran environmentalist original organizer and petitioner for the Green Amendment Movement, Maya van Rossum at the Valley Green Inn at Wissahickon Park as she discusses her new book, The Green Amendment: Securing our Right to a Healthy Environment, followed by Q&A and signing. Come out and meet Maya, pick up a copy of the book, and learn about the future of environmental advocacy.

This event is hosted by Friends of the Wissahickon as part of their Valley Talk Speaker Series. Registration required as seating is limited. Register here.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 6 pm
Valley Green Inn
Valley Green Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19128

Valley Talks are sponsored by Chestnut Hill Hospital and free for members of Friends of the Wissahickon. Contact renn@fow.org if you are a member and would like to register for free. Complimentary wine and cheese reception is offered.

About the book:
In the decades long fight for a cleaner environment, we’ve been fighting a losing battle. The sad truth is, our laws are designed to accommodate pollution rather than prevent it. People feel powerless when it comes to preserving the quality of their water, air, public parks, and special natural spaces.The solution, argues Delaware Riverkeeper Maya K. van Rossum in a pathbreaking book, is to bypass the laws and turn to the ultimate authority: our state and federal constitutions. In 2013, van Rossum and her team won a watershed legal victory that not only protected Pennsylvania communities from ruthless frackers, but affirmed the constitutional right of people in the state to a clean and healthy environment. Following this victory, van Rossum inaugurated the Green Amendment movement, dedicated to empowering every American community to mobilize for constitutional change. In The Green Amendment, van Rossum lays out an inspiring new agenda for environmental advocacy, one that will finally empower people. We all have the right to pure water, clean air, and a healthy environment. It’s time to claim that right—for our own sake and that of future generations. The Green Amendment includes a powerful forward authored by Mark Ruffalo, which supports the visionary constitutional path advocated for in the book.

Purchase The Green Amendment here

About the Author:
Maya K. van Rossum is the Delaware Riverkeeper and leader for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.  The Delaware Riverkeeper Network works throughout the four states of the Delaware River watershed (NY, NJ, PA & DE) and at the national level using advocacy, science and litigation She has led DRN for over 23 years.  During van Rossum’s leadership, the organization, and van Rossum herself, were the lead plaintiffs that brought forth the legal arguments that inspired the PA Supreme Court to breathe life into PA’s long ignored environmental rights amendment.  van Rossum is currently advancing The Green Amendment movement, seeking to inspire and secure constitutional protection for environmental rights across the nation.


December 4, 2018
6:00 pm