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 New Mexico?
The New Mexico Green Amendment movement is growing. It is expected that there will be a proposal before both houses of the New Mexico legislature in the 2021 legislative session. Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and Senator Bill Soules will be the lead sponsors in the Senate and Representative Joanne Ferrary will be lead sponsor in the House. Both houses will have to vote on the proposal and if there is majority support in each house the amendment would advance to a vote of the people.
New Mexico organizational support for a state Green Amendment is on the rise. If you are the leader of an organization, business or other entity, please consider signing our organizational letter of support found here.
New Mexico was selected to be the next state featured in the Here's The Story: The Green Amendment documentary series. Interviews and filming took place in September/October of 2020 with release of multiple episodes expected before the end of the year to help educate and spread the word. You can read Green Amendment Founder Maya van Rossum's reflections on the first part of her trip here.
In 2019 & 2020, Green Amendments For The Generations has met with community leaders, interested legislators, the All Pueblo Counsel of Governors as well as their Natural Resources Committee, and government officials all interested in understanding what a Green Amendment could mean for protect the resources and communities of the state. This video includes highlights of one of our earlier visits to New Mexico. Take a listen to hear residents about the need for an amendment that will provided constitutional protections for clean air and water.”
COVID-19 has certainly impacted the ability to engage as robustly as is needed to ensure everyone understands the values and power of a NM Green Amendment. If you want to help us spread the word by organizing a zoom talk please send an email to GAFTG@ForTheGenerations.org and we will work with you to set it up.
You can also help us demonstrate support for passage of a New Mexico Green Amendment by signing the petition today and be sure to share it with your friends. Read the petition and sign on here
As part of our work to support allies, Green Amendments For the Generations signed on with other New Mexico leaders to protest advancement of regulations that would allow the fracking industry to use its toxic wastewater in devastating ways. The letter begins:
"We are writing to urge you to pause your plans to adopt proposed regulations regarding the use of “produced water.” As oil and gas extraction has boomed in New Mexico, the oil and gas industry has faced rising costs and difficulties in disposing its waste . In the midst of a global health pandemic and crashing oil prices, rather than slow or even stop production, industry continues to call on the Trump Administration and the Michelle Lujan Grisham Administration to simply reclassify their waste as “not toxic.” The industry’s strategy is to re-label their waste so they can more cheaply dispose of it, dumping it into rivers, onto crops, and into drinking water supplies."
New Mexico Needs a Constitutional Amendment to Protect Our Right to Pure Water, Clean Air, a Stable Climate, and a Healthy Environment!
Sign the petition to get informed and engaged.
Leader of an organization, business or other entity? Please consider signing our organizational letter of support found here.
Resources to help you learn more and spread the word:
This why we need a Green Amendment handout helps make the case for pursuing a Green Amendment in New Mexico. Use it as a resource to help inform and engage others. Also, answers to some of your pressing questions can be found on our FAQ.
New Mexico Green Amendment Briefing (2020-11-18)
Green Amendments For The Generations, community members, and legislators speak about the importance and need for a New Mexico Green Amendment and take questions from the public. View the video here.
New Mexico: A Resource or Sacrifice State? Recording now available
A webinar hosted by Indivisible Nob Hill and Green Amendments For The Generations to discuss NM’s most pressing environmental issues and how a Green Amendment could help provide a solution.
- Nuclear issues in New Mexico, in particular waste storage plans in Lea County by Holtec International, presented by Leona Morgan and Eileen Shaughnessy
- Health impacts of methane pollution, presented by Mario Atencio
- A Green Amendment as a solution, presented by Green Amendments For the Generations founder Maya van Rossum.
Watch the recording of this Zoominar - use the password: 5L@Zv5=$ to access.
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. 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 NJ 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.
Maya van Rossum interview with Richard Eeds on KTRC Santa Fe (2019-08-21) Maya van Rossum appeared on the Richard Eeds show on KTRC Santa Fe to discuss the importance a Green Amendment can have in leveling the playing field for communities suffering from pollution.
Maya van Rossum Interview with Lorene Mills on Report From Santa Fe (2019-09-07) Maya appeared on Report From Santa Fe with Lorene Mills, a weekly television show that airs on PBS and brings national and international guests to the New Mexico state capitol to talk about issues important to the state.