The Green Amendment

Paperback $16.99
316 pages
ISBN: 978-1-63331-021-6
Published Nov 2017

Ebook $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-63331-022-3

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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.

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.

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.

"Constitutional protection of natural and human communities may be our best hope for survival."

Bradley M. Campbell, President of the Conservation Law Foundation, former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and former Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

"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."

Richard Louv, chairman emeritus of the Children & Nature Network and author of LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS and THE NATURE PRINCIPLE

"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."

Sandra Steingraber, PhD, author of LIVING DOWNSTREAM and RAISING ELIJAH, recipient of the Rachel Carson Leadership Award, and co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking

"If we were writing our Constitution for the first time today, wise leaders would surely insert protections for our environment."

Bill McKibben, author of RADIO FREE VERMONT

". . . 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."

A. R. Ingraffea, PhD, PE, Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering Emeritus and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University
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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