Amendment Support

Organizational Support for the 2022 Legislative Session

The Maryland Campaign for Environmental Human Rights is building momentum across the state of Maryland. We are grateful to the following organizations and entities who have recognized support for the proposed Maryland Constitutional Amendment for Environmental Human Rights by signing the letter below. To add your organization’s name, sign the organizational letter of support for 2022 here.

Organizational Letter of Support for the Constitutional Amendment for Environmental Human Rights

Dear Senators and Delegates,

We, the undersigned coalition of organizations and supporters across Maryland, urge the Maryland General Assembly to pass the Maryland Constitutional Amendment for Environmental Human Rights that will be proposed in 2022.

The amendment would ensure that (1) each person, as a matter of human dignity, has a fundamental and inalienable right to a healthful and sustainable environment, and (2) the state, as the trustee of Maryland’s natural resources, including its air, water, lands, wildlife, and ecosystems, shall preserve them for the benefit of current and future generations.

The state of Maryland recognized that “each person has the fundamental and inalienable right to a healthful environment,” when it passed the Maryland Environmental Policy Act of 1973. Unfortunately, the Act has not been sufficiently effective.

By elevating the right to a healthful environment to the same level as such fundamental rights as freedoms of the press, religion, and speech, the Amendment will provide constitutionally based protections in addition to those set forth in existing environmental laws and regulations. The Amendment also makes explicit the State’s trustee role as a steward of our environment and the constitutional obligation to protect this right.

These principles will strengthen the basis for addressing the cumulative effects of legacy pollution that disproportionately impact many of our minority and low-income communities, and will steer Maryland toward true sustainability. They will provide a solid foundation for improved laws, regulations and programs at all levels of government, and the additional scrutiny that comes from constitutional provisions will serve as a guardrail against the most egregious forms of harmful action, protecting all Marylanders, now and in future generations.

Similar amendments have been constructive and responsible contributors to the environmental and governmental frameworks of other states (Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Montana, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island) that have adopted them. New York State adopted its version of the amendment in November 2021, with 68.9 percent of voters approving it.

We ask that you support and pass the proposed Maryland Constitutional Amendment for Environmental Human Rights in 2022. Our communities, especially those that are marginalized, our children, our grandchildren, and future generations need us to act now.

Nina Beth Cardin
Director, Maryland Campaign for Environmental Human Rights

Rosa Hance
Chair, Sierra Club Maryland Chapter

Add Your Organization Here

17 for Peace and Justice
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
AMP Creeks Council
Annapolis Green
Assateague Coastal Trust
Audubon Mid-Atlantic
Audubon Naturalist Society
BALTIMORE Blue+Green+Just
Baltimore Board of Rabbis
Baltimore City Climate Parents
Baltimore County Progressive Democrats Club
Baltimore Green Space – A Land Trust for Community Managed Open Space Inc.
*Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church
Black Swamp Creek Land Trust
Blue Water Baltimore
Cedar Lane Environmental Justice Ministry
Central Maryland Beekeepers Association
CMEC (Central Maryland Ecumenical Council)
Charles County Medical Society
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Chesapeake Conservancy
Chesapeake Earth Holders Community of Engaged Buddhism
Chesapeake Legal Alliance
Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility
Clean Water Action
Climate Law & Policy Project
Climate XChange
Defensores de la Cuenca
DoTheMostGood MoCo MD
Echotopia LLC
Environmental Action Club of Loyola University Maryland
Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation
Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis
Food & Water Watch
Frederick Friends Meeting
Friends of The Jones Falls
Friends of Ruth B. Swann Park
Greenbelt Climate Action Network
GreenGrace Maryland Episcopal Environmental Ministry
Gunpowder Valley Conservancy
HoCo Climate Action
Homewood Friends Meeting (Baltimore)
Howard County Board of Rabbis
Howard County Conservancy
Indivisible Worcester Maryland
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake
Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA)
JemTech Environmental LLC
Ji’Aire’s Workgroup Mental Health and Wellness
League of Women Voters Maryland
Malouf & Associates, P.C.
Maryland Episcopal Public Policy Network
Maryland Legislative Coalition
Maryland League of Conservation Voters
Maryland Ornithological Society
Maryland Pesticide Education Network
Maryland Public Health Association
MLC Climate Justice Wing
Multifaith Alliance of Climate Stewards – Frederick
NAACP Maryland State Conference
National Aquarium
National Parks Conservation Association
NeighborSpace of Baltimore County
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
Old-Growth Forest Network
Potomac Conservancy
Preservation Maryland
Rachel Carson Council
Rebuild Maryland Coalition
Safe Skies Maryland
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Eastport
St. Margaret’s Church of Annapolis
Sunrise Movement Baltimore
Sunrise Movement Howard County
Takoma Park Mobilization Environment Committee
*The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
Trash Free Maryland
Unitarian Universalist Environmental Justice Ministry
Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Waterkeepers Chesapeake
Wicomico Environmental Trust

*Passed a resolution of support for the Maryland Environmental Human Rights Amendment