The Green Amendment
Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment
Maya K. van Rossum
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.
"Constitutional protection of natural and human communities may be our best hope for survival."
"A rallying cry not only for conservationists and wildlife biologists, but for pediatricians, teachers, psychologists, architects, city planners--everyone who is concerned about the welfare of all species, including human beings. Please read this important book."
"The Green Amendment asks us to imagine a world in which the right to pure water and healthy air exist on par with due process and free speech--and then shows us how to make it so."
"If we were writing our Constitution for the first time today, wise leaders would surely insert protections for our environment."
". . . you will be inspired by the notion, transformed into a call for a constitutional amendment, that we, the people, have always had more power than we thought."