The Green Amendment: The People's Fight for a Clean, Safe, and Healthy Environment

The Green Amendment: The People's Fight for a Clean, Safe, and Healthy Environment

The Green Amendment: The People's Fight for a Clean, Safe, and Healthy Environment

The Green Amendment: The People's Fight for a Clean, Safe, and Healthy Environment

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A veteran environmentalist shares her roadmap to a healthier world—one that uses the law to empower activists and provide hope for communities everywhere.

We have reached a critical tipping point in our fight for the environment: Corporations profit off climate change, natural disasters devastate homes, and the most vulnerable suffer the health effects of pollution. Yet our laws are designed to accommodate this destruction rather than prevent it. Without government support, it’s no wonder people feel powerless.

But there is a solution. In The Green Amendment, veteran environmentalist Maya K. van Rossum presents her radically simple plan for a green future: bypass local laws and turn to the ultimate authority—our state and federal constitutions—to ensure we have the right to a healthy environment.

Through compelling interviews with activists on the ground, clear evidence from experts, and heartbreaking stories from those hit hardest by environmental ruin, The Green Amendment lights the path forward. In this updated edition of her trailblazing 2017 book, van Rossum invites readers to join the movement by sharing:

  • Why Green Amendments work where other movements have failed
  • How to position Green Amendments and what specific language offers the strongest legal protections
  • How to argue in favor of environmental rights, and the economic and health benefits that will help activists make the case
  • How Green Amendments address the crucial intersection of environmentalism and anti-racism
  • What everyone—from artists and students to scientists and lawyer—can do to further the cause

With the power of The Green Amendment, we can claim our environmental rights, ensuring a clean, safe Earth for generations to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633310643
Publisher: Disruption Books
Publication date: 11/01/2022
Edition description: Second Edition, Second edition, Second Edition
Pages: 365
Sales rank: 792,047
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

    Maya K. van Rossum is the founder of Green Amendments For the Generations, a grassroots non-profit inspiring 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 4 state, watershed-based advocacy organization, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, for 30 years. She co-hosts Green Genes, an environmental podcast with her daughter. Since launching her Green Amendment movement, New York passed a Green Amendment in 2021, proposals are advancing in 12 additional states, and there is increasing use of amendments in Pennsylvania and Montana. She lives in Delaware County Pennsylvania with her family.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Foreword Mark Ruffalo xv

Foreword Kerri Evelyn Harris xix

1 My Green Amendment Epiphany 1

2 Living in the Sacrifice Zone 17

3 The Right to a Healthy Environment 43

4 Fracking Away Our Future 69

5 Wasted 97

6 The Paving of America 127

7 Confronting the Climate Crisis 153

8 Ending Environmental Racism 181

9 You're Not Expendable! 209

10 Can We Afford a Green Amendment? 233

11 Fighting for a Green Amendment 255

Notes 281

Index 311

About the Author 333

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