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MDEHR has launched a petition asking the leadership of the Maryland General Assembly to bring the Environmental Human Rights Amendment to a floor vote during the 2022 session.
Join us in supporting the Environmental Human Rights Amendment. Read the petition here and add your name!
It is a moral imperative to protect the basic human dignity of having a healthful environment. Environmental pollution and degradation is disproportionately concentrated in communities of color and low income neighborhoods, which results in health disparities and increased rates of chronic heart and lung disorders, cancer and now covid19. A constitutional right would empower Marylanders, state and local governments to protect and defend this right. A constitutional right would be the foundation for improved laws and regulations, and act as a true guardrail to prevent the most egregious forms of harmful actions now and for future generations, providing environmental justice in our state.
Dec 12 Ambassador Training
MDEHR is hosting training to prepare you to be an ambassador for the Environmental Human Rights Amendment. The goal is to empower you with the knowledge you need to go out into your community and get people talking about environmental human rights — with family, friends, co-workers, members of faith communities, community organizations, and importantly, their elected representatives.
MDEHR is offering options to get trained virtually on Zoom.
- December 12, 3-5:30pm, or
- Schedule a session for your group of 5 or more by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Write your state legislator
2022 is THE year to support, vote and pass the Maryland Constitutional Amendment for Environmental Human Rights. Our climate demands it. Our bodies demand it. Our children and future generations demand it. This is an election year and THE opportunity to give the voters their say about amending the Declaration of Rights section of the state constitution.
The amendment will ensure each person’s enforceable right to a healthful environment, on par with other civil rights, and strengthen state and local government’s ability to protect Maryland’s natural resources for current and future generations. It will also close the gaps in environmental laws, acting as a true guardrail to preven the most egregious forms of harm and provide environmenta justice in our state.
Legislators are identifying their priorities now for the next legislative session. Write your letter here to put the Environmental Human Rights Amendment at the top of their list.
Do you value the fundamental human right to clean air, clean water, healthy soil, and a stable climate? Do you want to legally require our state and local government to protect our public natural resources, on behalf of current and future generations? Then join us in advocating to pass a constitutional amendment to protect the people’s right to a healthful environment in Maryland.
Changing our state constiution will take many voices working together to persuade the Maryland General Assembly to put this on the ballot in 2022. Volunteer to be an advocate.
Sign up for MDEHR campaign email updates to get the latest information on the campaign and the ways you can support passing the environmental human rights amendment.
MDEHR is blogging weekly about issues that impact our right to a healthful environment and stable climate in Maryland. Follow our blog at www.mdehr.org/stories. Want to receive a weekly email with the link to the latest blog? Sign up here for email updates.
Learn More ~ Webinars
MDEHR is committed to educating the public, the environmental community, and legislators about environmental human rights and the state constitutional amendment that would protect these rights. MDEHR also hosts webinars about advocacy, environmentla justice, environmental rights, environmental rights constitutional amendments, and environmental policy. You can view a listing of on demand recordings at www.mdehr.org/actions/webinars.
You can receive notifications about upcoming webinars on Zoom, by signing up for email updates. Subscribe to the MDEHR YouTube channel to get notified when new videos are posted.
Why do we need to protect our right to a healthful environment and a stable climate?
MDEHR believes a healthful environment is a human right and that belief helps define who we are as a campaign and why we advocate for a constitutional amendment that protects this fundamental right. MDEHR has created a pledge that speaks to what we believe and what we know. Our campaign pledges to:
- CARE for each other and our natural environment,
- WORK to address environmental health disparities,
- RESPECT the fundamental right of all humans to live in a healthful environment, and
- ADVOCATE for laws to protect this right
STAND WITH US. Read and sign the pledge here.
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 added a 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.
Volunteers are essential to our work and success. Many voices joined together in support of a single goal are both powerful and empowering. MDEHR is looking for volunteers to educate community groups, state and local representatives, create and share social media posts, blog, and research.
We can’t do this alone. We need your hands and your voice to pass the environmental human rights amendment in Maryland. Sign up to volunteer here.
A shout out of thanks to our wonderful volunteers and advisors who are giving their time, energy and talents to this cause.