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The Green Amendment Book Reading and Info Session

  • Neighborhood Preservation Center 232 East 11th Street New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

As part of the free monthly trainings Sane Energy offers to build our movement into a strategic, action-oriented community, we welcome our ally Maya Van Rossum of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network to share her new book and discuss how to take legislative action in our communities.

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The Constitutional Change We Need to Protect Our Priceless Natural Resources

For decades, activists have relied on federal and state legislation to fight for a cleaner environment. And for decades, they’ve been fighting a losing battle. The sad truth is, our laws are designed to accommodate pollution rather than prevent it. It’s no wonder people feel powerless when it comes to preserving the quality of their water, air, public parks, and special natural spaces.

But there is a solution, argues veteran environmentalist Maya K. van Rossum: 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.

Now, with The Green Amendment, van Rossum lays out an inspiring new agenda for environmental advocacy, one that will finally empower people, level the playing field, and provide real hope for communities everywhere. Readers will discover:

- How legislative environmentalism has failed communities
across America,
- The transformational difference environmental constitutionalism can make,
- The economic imperative of environmental constitutionalism, and
- How to take action in their communities.

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.

*100% of the proceeds from the sale of The Green Amendment go to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.