Why do we need to protect our right to a healthful environment and a stable climate?
Delegate Wanika Fisher champions the need for a state constitutional amendment to protect the right to a healthful environment in Maryland. Read about her reasons for sponsoring this amendment in the Bay Journal’s article, “Push is on for ‘green amendments’ in four Bay state constitutions.”
What is the Environmental Human Rights Amendment?
Everyone deserves the right to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment. Everyone. Yet our laws in Maryland do not currently protect this right. We can change that.
Support the Maryland Constitutional Amendment for Environmental Human Rights. The proposed amendment will protect each person’s right to a healthful environment, including clean air, water, land, and a stable climate. It will also recognize the state as trustee and guardian of Maryland’s natural resources for current and future generations.
Embedding this right in the Bill of Rights section of our state constitution protects this right on par with other rights, like the freedom of speech. It is a legal tool for both the people and government to use. For the people, it is a way to hold the state government accountabe. For the government and its agencies, it is a tool to prevent harm and guide decisions, policies and legislation to protect Maryland’s natural resources and the health of the public who depend on them.
We can’t do this alone.
for Environmental Human Rights
Our values are embedded in the name of our campaign. We believe that a healthful environment is a human right. We value environmental health, public health, and environmental justice. Our campaign pledge speaks to these values and includes a call to action to:
- CARE for each other and for our natural environment
- WORK to address environmental health disparities
- RESPECT the fundamental right of all humans to live in a healthful environment,
- ADVOCATE to protect this right