Maya answers many questions about the #GreenAmendment, including questions of language, how it compares to other environmental policies, and its ability to fill in the gaps and provide coverage and protection for all people.
On January 19, the first day of NM’s 2021 Legislative Session, Joint Senate Resolution 3, a resolution to amend the New Mexico Constitution in order to add enforceable environmental rights, was introduced by Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, Senator Bill Soules and Representative Joanne Ferrary and was referred to the Senate Rules Committee, followed by Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Mimi Stewart, Senator Harold Pope, Jr., Representative Tara Luján and Representative Andrea Romero are signing on as co-sponsors.
The Joint Resolution proposes amending the state constitution’s Bill of Rights to recognize and protect the rights of all of the people of New Mexico including future generations “to a clean and healthy environment, including pure water, clean air, healthy ecosystems, and a stable climate, and to the preservation of the natural, cultural, scenic and healthful qualities of the environment.”
Among the slew of executive orders Biden signed on his first day in office were measures to rejoin the Paris Agreement on climate change and directives to cancel the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.