Want to help the State of New York to pass a Green Amendment?
Here are FOUR things you can do:
#1 Write to your Assembly and Senate representatives in the New York Legislature. They need to hear from you. Urge them to sponsor A.2064/S.2072 if they haven’t already, and to be sure to vote for its passage as soon as the opportunity arises. You can find suggested letter language and easily submit your letter online.
#2 Sign our petition supporting passage of a New York Green Amendment. This is a great complement to the letter you sent above and to show all of our NY legislators the high level of support when the moment is right. So please, go to the link and sign our petition, and then get your family, friends and community members to do the same: Sign the petition.
#3 Sign Your NY Organization on to the Organization Petition Supporting Passage of a NY Green Amendment: Are you a representative of an organization in NY that is supportive of the NY Green Amendment and authorized to sign for your organization? If so, sign your organization on here! Once we have a critical mass of organizations signed on, we will deliver the petition to our NY legislators!
#4 Get others to sign the petition. Share the link on social media, or print out a copy of the petition and take it with you to work, to coffee shops, to social gatherings or your kids’ events and ask others to sign the petition too. If they don’t want to sign the paper then remind them they can sign online. Once you have a completed sheet be sure to mail or scan and email copies to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (information will be provided on the sheets). You can print out a copy of the petition to carry around here.
Environmental Rights Deserve Constitutional Protection!
The State of New York is facing a historic opportunity.
New York Senator David Carlucci and Assemblyman Steve Englebright introduced a bill in the Assembly and Senate to amend the state Constitution and enshrine every New Yorker’s “right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment,” as part of the Bill of Rights.
It is commonly thought that New Yorkers have a right to clean water that is not going to make us sick, and to breathe air that won’t trigger health impacts like an asthma attack or lead to diseases like lung cancer and/or premature death. There is also a belief that there is a right for all to live, work and play in a protected environment. But the rights of New Yorkers to clean water, air and a healthful environment are not given the highest legal protection in the state of New York. In fact, the rights to free speech, freedom of assembly, to divorce, lotteries and even gambling are afforded higher recognition and protection in New York’s constitution than the peoples’ rights to clean water, clean air and a healthful environment.
For decades, the people of New York have relied federal and state legislation to protect their natural resources. And for decades, the laws have let them down. New York water, air, and forests have been allowed to degrade in ways that are harming people’s lives. A Constitutional provision could help change that.
Establishing a civil environmental right will drive better government decision-making at all levels of government and will prevent situations or conditions in which land becomes too contaminated, water becomes too polluted, and air too dirty to support healthy lives, including a healthy economy.
In order to obtain this highest level of protection in New York, the bill must pass through both houses of the New York Legislature twice, before the people of New York will be given the opportunity to vote, on whether or not their right to pure water, clean air and a healthy environment will be protected by the state constitution.
Right now, we need the Assembly and Senate to support and pass Assembly Bill A.2064 and Senate Bill S2072 (A.2064 (Englebright)/S.2072 (Carlucci)) currently before them. Every New York legislator needs to hear how important this environmental rights amendment is from their voters. Write to your representatives today and ask them to stand up for your fundamental environmental rights by co-sponsoring A.2064 (Englebright)/ S.2072 (Carlucci) and actively encouraging legislative leaders to bring up and pass the bill!
Two ways to write to your representative:
- Use the form below to automatically be connected with your representative and feel free to use the sample text provided or edit to make it your own!
- Or, you can write your own letter and send it directly via mail or email. Find your representatives here: