Keynote address: 2019 Public Interest Environmental Law CLE
Veteran environmentalist, attorney, author and founder of the nationwide Green Amendment movement, Maya van Rossum, will deliver the keynote address on constitutional environmental rights at the Third Annual Public Interest Environmental Law CLE. The keynote will focus on a new strategy for environmental advocacy followed by a robust Q&A.
Keynote address: 2019 Public Interest Environmental Law CLE hosted by Air Alliance Houston, Bayou City Waterkeeper, Lone Star Legal Aid, Public Citizen and The Powis Firm.
Thursday, September 5, 2019, exact time TBA
1100 Texas Ave
Houston, TX 77002
This event is hosted by the Lone Star Legal Aid. This event is INVITE ONLY and CLOSED to the PUBLIC.
About the book:
In the decades long fight for a cleaner environment, we’ve been fighting a losing battle. The sad truth is, our laws are designed to accommodate pollution rather than prevent it. People feel powerless when it comes to preserving the quality of their water, air, public parks, and special natural spaces.
The solution, argues Delaware Riverkeeper Maya K. van Rossum in a pathbreaking book, is to 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. In The Green Amendment, van Rossum lays out an inspiring new agenda for environmental advocacy, one that will finally empower people.
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.
The Green Amendment includes a powerful foreword authored by Mark Ruffalo, which supports the visionary constitutional path advocated for in the book.
About Maya van Rossum:
Maya K. van Rossum is the Delaware Riverkeeper and leader for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. The Delaware Riverkeeper Network works throughout the four states of the Delaware River watershed (NY, NJ, PA & DE) and at the national level using advocacy, science and litigation. DRN’s main office in Bristol, PA. van Rossum has led DRN for over 23 years. During van Rossum’s leadership, the organization, and van Rossum herself, were the lead plaintiffs that brought forth the legal arguments that inspired the PA Supreme Court to breathe life into PA’s long ignored environmental rights amendment. van Rossum is currently advancing The Green Amendment movement, seeking to inspire and secure constitutional protection for environmental rights across the nation.