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The Green Amendment: Protecting PA Against Extraction & Pollution

May 13, 2021 @ 6:30 pm 8:00 pm

In the decades long fight for a cleaner environment, we’ve been fighting a losing battle. The sad truth is, our laws are designed to accommodate pollution rather than prevent it. People feel powerless when it comes to preserving the quality of their water, air, public parks, and special natural spaces.

The solution, argues Delaware Riverkeeper Maya K. van Rossum, is to 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 to secure real protection for our environment.

Join us for this public forum, open to everyone.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER – Maya K. van Rossum is the Founder of Green Amendments For the Generations, a grassroots non-profit organization inspiring a nationwide movement to secure 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 watershed-based advocacy organization, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, for 26 years in its efforts to protect the health of the Delaware River and its tributaries. Maya was a lead petitioner in the 2013 landmark Robinson Township, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et. al. v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania case that breathed new life into Pennsylvania’s long ignored environmental rights amendment. A skilled activist, attorney, strategist, and community organizer, she was named in 2020 as a River Hero by River Network, in 2019 as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s Power 100, and One Of The “10 Most Influential People of 2015” When It Comes to Energy Issues by SNL Energy. She is the author of, The Green Amendment, Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment which was selected as the 2018 Living Now Evergreen Awards GOLD Winner in the Nature Conservation category. Since launching Green Amendments For The Generations, constitutional amendments have been proposed in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Vermont, and West Virginia.

ABOUT WEAVERS WAY CO-OP’S PLASTIC REDUCTIONS TASK FORCE PUBLIC FORUMS

For this and future public forums, the Plastic Reduction Public Forum will feature a guest speaker, internal announcements, Q & A and, when time allows, a local Plastic Reduction SkillShare. Let’s mobilize to help drive sustainable outcomes within our local marketplace.

We are elevating the voice of our membership to support plastic reduction within the co-op. We want to hear from you. Please follow our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/3462364283813727

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