Everyone deserves the right to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment. Everyone. Yet our laws do not currently protect this right. We can change that.
Write your state representative to ask for their support of HB82/SB151 – the Maryland Constitutional Amendment for Environmental Rights. The amendment will protect the rights of all Marylanders to live in a healthful environment, including clean air, water, land, and a stable climate. It will also recognize the state as trustee of Maryland’s natural resources. Protecting everyone’s right to live in a healthy environment in our state constitution and requiring the state to protect those rights resets the priority of the government to put the health of the public first.
MDEHR in collaboration with the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council, GreenGrace (Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners), and the DE-MD Lutheran Synod co-hosted Environmental Justice Training. This 5-week program featured three webinars led by environmental advocates on the history of environmental justice, environmental health disparities and climate justice, and advocacy in action. MDEHR recently co-hosted the fourth webinar with Mariah Davis, Policy and Campaign Manager with Choose Clean Water Coalition on how to be an effective ally. You can watch the recording here.
Watch the first three webinars on the history of environmental justice, environmental health disparities and climate justice, and advocacy in action on the MDEHR YouTube channel.
A program description and a list of environmental justice and advocacy resources are available here.
The Maryland Campaign for Environmental Human Rights hosts webinars on topics related to its campaign goals: environmental health, environmental justice, and public health. Upcoming webinars will be posted here or sign up for email updates to receive webinar invitations to watch live. Previously recorded Zoom webinars are now available on the MDEHR YouTube channel. Our latest webinar features the University of Maryland’s Environmental Law Clinic and the review of recent state environmental justice laws and case law that use state constitutional environmental rights amendments. Watch the webinar below. View the slides here.
The Maryland Campaign for Environmental Human Rights is committed to taking action and advocating for change in existing environmental laws and policies and working in a coalition to support new environmental health and justice laws. Petitions and other legislative and regulatory actions will be posted here. Sign up for email updates to learn about the latest advocacy campaigns.
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