Help Advance A Maryland Green Amendment!
Encroachments onto our environment are becoming all too common. Much of the damage done is irreparable, often impacting large segments of the population for extended periods of time, and done with seemingly little or no recourse for the affected parties. Maryland is joining the national movement – Green Amendments For the Generations – to secure Constitutional recognition and protection of Environmental Rights. It is time for Maryland to amend the state constitution to enshrine the inalienable rights of Maryland residents to clean water, clean air and a healthy environment.
For decades, the people of Maryland have relied on federal and state legislation to protect their natural resources. And for decades, the laws have let them down. Maryland’s water, air, coastal areas and forests have been allowed to degrade in ways that are harming people’s lives. Rights embedded in our founding documents- to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – are threatened by a damaged environment. A Constitutional provision could help change that.
A Maryland Green Amendment would provide lasting protections for breathable air, drinkable water, and make the state a fiduciary for equal access to a healthy environment for all Maryland communities, including both present and future generations.
If you’re interested in getting involved or want to help, please send us a message! In the meantime, please sign and circulate our petition:
Sign the Petition for a Maryland Green Amendment
While our Maryland constitution recognizes many important inalienable and political rights – such as our rights to free speech, freedom of religion and due process – it does not recognize and protect our inalienable rights to pure water, clean air, a stable climate and healthy environments. Passage of a Maryland Green Amendment – a Constitutional Amendment recognizing and protecting environmental rights and justice — can change that and raise up our rights to clean water and air, a stable climate and healthy environments to being legally on par with our other fundamental human, civil and political rights.
With a Maryland Green Amendment recognizing and protecting environmental rights, we will empower our legislators to pass laws that ensure and strengthen environmental protection; we will have a check on government actions that allow our water, air and critical natural resources to be degraded in dangerous and devastating ways; and in those instances when there is no legal protection in place we will have a constitutional right that will allow us to secure needed government action and protection. Environmental pollution and degradation have devastating impacts on our families, friends and communities – causing cancer, heart attack, dementia, asthma and other serious illnesses; causing devastating floods and flood damages; harming property values to nearby and affected homes; and reducing the quality of the lives of those forced to live in polluted, contaminated and degraded environmental conditions.
Given that we all depend upon pure water, clean air, a stable climate and healthy environments to support and sustain our healthy lives and our healthy economy, it is right and appropriate that they should be protected with the same legal strength that we protect our rights to free speech, freedom of religion, our due process rights and our property rights.
A Maryland Green Amendment protecting our environmental rights would recognize, in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights:
• the inalienable rights of all the people of Maryland, including future generations, to pure water, clean air, ecosystems that sustain the state’s natural resources, and the preservation of the natural, healthful and scenic values of the environment.
• that Maryland’s public natural resources belong to all the people, and that all government officials in the state of Maryland have a duty to serve as trustee to conserve, protect and maintain these resources for the benefit of all the people, including future generations; and
• that these rights must be given the same legal recognition and protection as the other human, civil and political rights we hold dear.