The Green Amendment: The People's Fight for a Clean, Safe, and Healthy Environment (Second Edition, Second Edition, Second)

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Disruption Books
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6.08 X 8.98 X 0.88 inches | 1.18 pounds

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About the Author

Maya K. van Rossum is the founder of Green Amendments For the Generations, a grassroots non-profit inspiring constitutional recognition and protection of environmental rights in every state and ultimately at the federal level. van Rossum is also the Delaware Riverkeeper, leading the 4 state, watershed-based advocacy organization, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, for 30 years. She co-hosts Green Genes, an environmental podcast with her daughter. Since launching her Green Amendment movement, New York passed a Green Amendment in 2021, proposals are advancing in 12 additional states, and there is increasing use of amendments in Pennsylvania and Montana. She lives in Delaware County Pennsylvania with her family.


"Van Rossum expertly balances science, law, and an engaging narrative to convey an urgent need for reform. An optimistic and often enthralling book of advocacy for environmental justice." --Kirkus Reviews

"Van Rossum hopes [green amendments] and other strategies will turn the tide against the advancing degradation of our planet; it's a hope readers will share after finishing The Green Amendment." --Booklist

"In an age of environmental pessimism, van Rossum gives me hope."--Mark Ruffalo, actor, clean water activist, founder of Water Defense, and cofounder of The Solutions Project

"If we were writing our Constitution for the first time today, wise leaders would surely insert protections for our environment." --Bill McKibben, author of Radio Free Vermont

"A rallying cry not only for conservationists and wildlife biologists, but for pediatricians, teachers, psychologists, architects, city planners--everyone who is concerned about the welfare of all species, including human beings. Please read this important book." --Richard Louv, chairman emeritus of the Children & Nature Network and author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle

". . . you will be inspired by the notion, transformed into a call for a constitutional amendment, that we, the people, have always had more power than we thought." --A. R. Ingraffea, PhD, PE, Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering Emeritus and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University

"Maya's latest book...will help expand readers' knowledge and understanding of what it means to work to protect our fragile environment." --Joanne Ferrary, State Representative, D-New Mexico 37th District

"This book is an inspiration and a road map....well-written, engaging, and informative." --Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, State Senator, D-New Mexico

"The Green Amendment asks us to imagine a world in which the right to pure water and healthy air exist on par with due process and free speech--and then shows us how to make it so." --Sandra Steingraber, PhD, author of Living Downstream and Raising Elijah, recipient of the Rachel Carson Leadership Award, and co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking

"Constitutional protection of natural and human communities may be our best hope for survival." --Bradley M. Campbell, President of the Conservation Law Foundation, former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and former Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency