The Green Amendment, Second Edition

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324 pages
ISBN: 978-1-63331-164-3
Release date: November 1, 2022

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The Green Amendment, Second Edition

The People's Fight for A Clean, Safe, and Healthy Environment

Maya K. van Rossum

A veteran environmentalist shares her vision—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

  • Why Green Amendments address the crucial intersection of environmentalism and anti-racism

  • What everyone from artists and students to scientists and lawyers can do to further the cause
  • With the power of The Green Amendment, the people can claim their environmental rights, ensuring a clean, safe Earth for generations to come.

    Maya K. van Rossum

    About The Author

    Maya K. van Rossum is an attorney and veteran environmentalist. As the Delaware Riverkeeper since 1996, she serves as an advocate championing the rights of all the communities—human and non-human—that depend upon the river.

    van Rossum was one of the original petitioners in the landmark 2013 case Robinson Township, Delaware Riverkeeper et. al. v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which breathed legal life into the state’s long ignored Environmental Rights Amendment. In the wake of that victory, van Rossum created the Green Amendment For The Generations organization and sparked a nationwide movement.

    In 2002, van Rossum founded the River Resources Law Clinic, which accepts legal interns from multiple law schools looking for a hands-on opportunity to use their skills to protect and defend our environment.

    van Rossum grew up in the Delaware River watershed and lives there today with her family.

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