The Green Amendment, Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment

Maya van Rossum

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Sunday, October 21 st

For decades, activists have relied on federal and state legislation to fight for a cleaner environment. And for decades, they’ve been fighting a losing battle. The sad truth is, our laws are designed to accommodate pollution rather than prevent it. It’s no wonder people feel powerless when it comes to preserving the quality of their water, air, public parks, and special natural spaces.

But there is a solution, argues veteran environmentalist Maya K. van Rossum: bypass the laws and turn to the ultimate authority — our state and federal constitutions.

With The Green Amendment, van Rossum lays out an inspiring new agenda for environmental advocacy, one that will finally empower people, level the playing field, and provide real hope for communities everywhere. This lecture will explore:

  • How legislative environmentalism has failed communities across America,
  • The transformational difference environmental constitutionalism can make,
  • The economic imperative of environmental constitutionalism, and
  • How to take action in your community.

We all have the right to pure water, clean air, and a healthy environment. It’s time to claim that right — for our own sake and that of future generations.


Maya K. van Rossum has served as the Delaware Riverkeeper and leader for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network since 1994. The role of the Delaware Riverkeeper is to give the Delaware River, and the communities that depend upon it and appreciate it, a voice at every decisionmaking table that could provide help or do harm.

van Rossum is currently advancing The Green Amendment movement, seeking to inspire and secure constitutional protection for environmental rights across the nation. van Rossum is author of a best-selling new release on Amazon titled, “The Green Amendment, Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment”, which was honored as a 2017 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year winner. She is a popular speaker at environmental conferences, was named One Of The “10 Most Influential People of 2015” When It Comes to Energy Issues by SNL Energy, has testified multiple times before U.S. Congressional committees, and is frequently honored with awards for her environmental advocacy including being identified as a “Giraffe Hero”, “Because you’ve stuck your neck out to speak the truth no matter how unpopular that truth is.”

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