Maya here -- I am so excited to be in Tallahassee to speak with the community, students and on the 411 Teen Tallahassee radio show. Planning for this event started last year when i was on 411 and there was so much enthusiasm in florida for the #GreenAmendment approach to environmental protection and justice. And now i'm here for a series of talks in celebration of Earth Day. So exciting.
Veteran environmentalist and original petitioner and leader of the Green Amendment movement, Maya van Rossum will be speaking at 411 Teen Tallahassee, discussing her new book, The Green Amendment: Sec...
"GREEN AMENDMENT: The measure would make New York the 44th state to include an expression of environmental values in its constitution.
" Environmental Advocates of New York and dozens of other groups are calling on the Legislature to support a "Green Amendment" that adds the line: "Each person shall have a right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment."
"The measure has passed in the Assembly the past two years but didn't come up for a vote when Republicans controlled the Senate, something that changed when Democrats made major gains in in last November's elections.
"For the state constitution to be amended, the proposed amendment must be passed by the full Legislature in two consecutive legislative sessions before it can be put up for a statewide voter referendum.
" 'Our state's constitution has protections to worship, assemble and even play bingo," said one of the sponsors, Sen. David Carlucci, D-Rockland. "It's time environmental protections be there too.' "
In New York state government news, the Democrat-controlled Assembly has passed a package of legislation to provide services and support to crime victims, while environmentalists want to amend the stat...