Environmental protection is among the most profound issues that will be hanging in the balance at the Supreme Court with the passing of the notorious #RBG. This will be the case regardless of who is elected president, It makes it all the more important that the states step up their commitment to environmental protection. #GreenAmendment protection in the constitution would be the strongest step each and every state could take to protect their environment and communities and as state level #GreenAmendments are passed the groundwork will be laid for advancing a federal Green Amendment which is also essential. ... See MoreSee Less
Our 14th speaker is actually the author of the letter, Racial Justice Demands Constitutional 'Green Amendments,' Maya van Rossum. 24 leaders, showcased in this speaker series, joined her on camera to deliver her transformational message.
Maya van Rossum is the Founder of Green Amendments For the Generations, a grassroots non-profit organization inspiring a nationwide movement to secure constitutional recognition and protection of environmental rights in every state and ultimately at the federal level. van Rossum is also the Delaware Riverkeeper, leading the watershed based advocacy organization, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, for 25 years in its efforts to protect the health of the Delaware River and its tributaries. Maya was a lead petitioner in the 2013 landmark Robinson Township, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et. al. v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania case that breathed new life into Pennsylvania’s long ignored environmental rights amendment. She is author of, The Green Amendment, Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment which was selected as the 2018 Living Now Evergreen Awards GOLD Winner in the Nature Conservation category. Since launching Green Amendments For The Generations, constitutional amendments have been proposed in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Vermont and West Virginia.