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The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment

Maya K. van Rossum, the Delaware River Keeper and author of the book: The Green Amendment, securing our rights to a healthy environment talks with Rob about battles won for clean water and the battles being waged today.

When fracking threatened to destroy land and drinking water, Maya van Rossum and other petitioners, successfully made the case that people have rights to clean water and clean habitation in their homes and neighborhoods. 8 years later they won a watershed legal victory that protected Pennsylvania communities from ruthless frackers.

They also launched the Green Amendment movement to affirm as a constitutional right a clean and healthy environment. For the generation dot org is dedicated to empowering every American community to mobilize to secure passage of Green Amendments (environmental rights amendments) in the Bill of Rights section of every state and the federal constitution and to ensure their strong and meaningful implementation.



Maya K. van Rossum, as the Delaware River Keeper, has been championing the rights of over 17 million people to a free-flowing, clean and healthy Delaware River and its tributary streams.  In 2013, she was on the original petitioners in the landmark Robinson Township vs Commonwealth of Pennsylvania case.  That case led to a watershed victory that strengthened the state’s Environmental Rights Amendment. Since 2002, she has served as an adjunct professor and director of the Environmental Law Clinic at Temple Beasley School of Law, which she founded. The Green Amendment, securing our right to a healthy environment was published by Disruption Books in 2017.