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The green amendment : securing our right to a healthy environment

Author: Maya K van Rossum; Mark Ruffalo
Publisher: Austin, TX : Disruption Books, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maya K van Rossum; Mark Ruffalo
ISBN: 9781633310216 1633310213
OCLC Number: 1012493177
Description: xiv, 301 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: We need a green amendment --
Living in the sacrifice zone --
The right to a healthy environment --
Fracking away our future --
The perils of pipelines --
Wasted --
The paving of America --
Can we afford a green amendment? --
Fighting for a green amendment.
Responsibility: Maya K. van Rossum ; foreword by Mark Ruffalo.

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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. In 2013, van Rossum and her team won a watershed legal victory that not only protected Pennsylvania communities from ruthless frackers but affirmed the constitutional right of people in the state to a clean and healthy environment. Following this victory, van Rossum inaugurated the Green Amendment movement, dedicated to empowering every American community to mobilize for constitutional change.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.

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"If we were writing our Constitution for the first time today, wise leaders would surely insert protections for our environment. Amendments are hard, of course--there's a lot of corporate power to Read more...

 
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