Environmental leaders and community members will be considering advancing a new strategy for environmental protection — one that secures constitutional protection for environmental rights — at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Milton Public Library, 121 Union St.
Maya van Rossum, the Delaware riverkeeper and founder of Green Amendments For the Generations, and Maria Payan, of Socially Responsible Agricultural Project and Sussex Health & Environmental Network, will hold a discussion about whether Delaware should join four other states in considering passage of a Green Amendment to the State constitution.
“Green Amendments” are constitutional protection of environmental rights, enshrined in the bill of rights section of a state constitution. In 2013, van Rossum and her team won a watershed legal victory that secured for Pennsylvania communities a constitutional right to pure water, clean air and a healthy environment. Following the 2013 victory, van Rossum inaugurated the Green Amendment movement, seeking to inspire every state in the nation to pass constitutional Green Amendments.
Maya van Rossum will present about the Green Amendment movement and her book “The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment,” followed by a presentation on local environmental issues by Payan. A Q&A session and discussion will follow. Topics will include the current state of environmental protection in Delaware, what threats the environment currently faces in the state and how a Green Amendment can help.
The event is free to the public.
For more, visit delawareriverkeeper.org.