By: Maya K Van Rossum
This is a hard book to read. It bluntly lays out government and corporate destruction of Earth’s ability to sustain life, and details the horrors many have lived through. I really wanted to bury my head in the sand rather than know this. While we can debate whether a state and a federal conditional amendment is sufficient, it is a valid first step, and has proven its worth in PA and Montana (states with such clauses in their constitutions). I don’t think we should have to go to court to protect our right to “pure water, clean air, and a healthy environment”, but we do, and this amendment makes that possible. In NJ, partner bills were introduced to the state senate and assembly in December, 2017. The assembly bill (ACR85) was referred to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. The senate bill (SCR134) was referred to a Budget and Appropriations Committee, and looks as though they voted for it, but it’s not clear to me where it stands now. So,
1)Read the opinion piece via NJ.com https://www.nj.com/opinion/2019/02/want-to-guarantee-clean-air-water-in-nj-then-we-need-a-green-amendment-legislator-and-environmentalist-say.html?fbclid=IwAR1N9XdTQJRoLJZd6I6TEgjDlrSigNPOCjWZYOgla6FkDuVn_ueaseTNIhY
2) Contact your legislators and ask them to support passage of this constitutional amendment for NJ. https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp will give you link to who your state legislators are, and if you search for them separately, most have an email form Thank the legislators sponsoring the amendment.
3) Sign the petition found via the link under ‘Calls to Action’ at njhighlandscoalition.org https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdJRuOxYNIW734TWx…/viewform
4) Read The Green Amendment book