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Help Advance a Healthy and Green Maryland Amendment!

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The state of Maryland is facing a historic opportunity.

Maryland House Delegate Steve Lafferty has introduced MD HB472 that would amend the state constitution to enshrine the inalienable rights of Maryland residents to clean water, clean air and a healthy environment.

For decades, the people of Maryland have relied on federal and state legislation to protect their natural resources. And for decades, the laws have let them down. Maryland’s water, air, coastal areas and forests have been allowed to degrade in ways that are harming people’s lives. Rights embedded in our founding documents- to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness- are threatened by a damaged environment. A Constitutional provision could help change that.

A Healthy and Green Maryland Amendment proposes lasting protections for breathable air, drinkable water, and makes the state a fiduciary for equal access to a healthy environment for present and future generations.

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.

Right now, we need you to contact your legislators and ask them to support a Healthy and Green Amendment for Maryland! Ask them to stand up for your fundamental environmental rights by co-sponsoring and actively encouraging legislative leaders to support and pass HB472.

Use the form below to automatically be connected with your legislator 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 legislators here.