Amendment Support

Organizational Support

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 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.

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. 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

1199 SEIU
17 for Peace and Justice
350 Montgomery County
Action Baybrook, Inc.
Addressing the System
Aid Through Trade, Inc.
Alien AME Church, Caroline County
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
AMP Creeks Council
Anacostia Watershed Society
Annapolis Green
Assateague Coastal Trust
Audubon Mid-Atlantic
Audubon Naturalist Society
Backyard Bounty
Baltimore Beyond Plastic
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
Be the Change
Beth Am Synagogue Environmental Team & Social Action Committee
Bikemore
Black Swamp Creek Land Trust
Blue Water Baltimore
Bolton Street Synagogue
BRIDGE Maryland Inc.
Cedar Lane Environmental Justice Ministry
Center for Progressive Reform
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
Christ Our Anchor Presbyterian Church
Clean Air Prince George’s
Clean Water Action
Climate Law & Policy Project
Climate Parents of Prince George’s County
Climate XChange
Columbia Jewish Congregation
Crab Creek Conservancy, Inc.
Defensores de la Cuenca
DoTheMostGood MoCo MD
Echotopia LLC
Environmental Action Club of Loyola University Maryland
Environmental Justice Coalition
Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation
Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ
Faith Presbyterian Church
extendYoga
Farm Alliance of Baltimore
First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis
Food & Water Watch
Frack Free Frostburg
Frederick Friends Meeting
Friends of The Jones Falls
Friends of Ruth B. Swann Park
Friends School of Baltimore Green Club
Govans Presbyterian Church
Gracefully Green, LLC
Greater Patapsco Community Association
Green Amendments for the Generations
Greenbelt Climate Action Network
GreenGrace Maryland Episcopal Environmental Ministry
Green Towson Alliance
Gunpowder Valley Conservancy
Harford County Climate Action
HoCo Climate Action
Homewood Friends Meeting (Baltimore)
Howard County Board of Rabbis
Howard County Conservancy
Howard EcoWorks
InDiGO:Inward Discovery Grows Outdoors
Indivisible Worcester Maryland
Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake
Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA)
Islamic Society of Washington Area
Izaak Walton League of America, Sportsman’s Chapter
JemTech Environmental LLC
Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Howard County
Ji’Aire’s Workgroup Mental Health and Wellness
Langley Park Civic Association, Inc.
League of Women Voters Maryland
Little Falls Watershed Alliance
Loyola University Maryland
Malouf & Associates, P.C.
Maryland Catholics for Our Common Home
Maryland Children’s Environmental Health Coalition
Maryland Episcopal Public Policy Network
Maryland Legislative Coalition
Maryland League of Conservation Voters
Maryland Ornithological Society
Maryland Pesticide Education Network
Maryland Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Maryland Presbyterian Church
Maryland Public Health Association
Maryland United for Peace and Justice
Maryland Votes for Animals
Memorial Episcopal Church
MLC Climate Justice Wing
Montgomery Countryside Alliance
Mountain Maryland Movement
Multifaith Alliance of Climate Stewards – Frederick
NAACP Maryland State Conference
National Aquarium
National Parks Conservation Association
National Wildlife Federation
Neighborhood Sun Benefit Corp
NeighborSpace of Baltimore County
New Ark United Church of Christ
Northeast Catholic Community
Nuclear Information and Resource Service
Old-Growth Forest Network
Potomac Conservancy
Prescient Energy LLC
Preservation Maryland
Progressive Cheverly
Progressive Democrats of Howard County
Rachel Carson Council
Rebuild Maryland Coalition
Roland Park Presbyterian Church
RoundPeg Benefit LLC
Safe Skies Maryland
SGA Sustainability Committee
ShoreRivers
St. Ignatius Church Baltimore
St. John’s United Methodist Church, Baltimore City
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Eastport
St. Margaret’s Church of Annapolis
St. Matthew Church Green Team
Stony Run Friends Meeting
Sunrise Movement Baltimore
Sunrise Movement Howard County
Sunrise Movement Maryland
Surfrider Foundation
Takoma Park Mobilization Environment Committee
Temple Shalom
*The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
The Episcopal Church of St. Michael and All Angels
The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
The Farm at Our House
The Historic St. James Episcopal Church
The Vineyards at Dodon
Together We Will – Western Maryland
Towson Presbyterian Church
Trash Free Maryland
UU Congregation of Rockville, MD
Unitarian Universalist Environmental Justice Ministry
Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Utility Advisors Inc
Washington College Student Government Association
Waterkeepers Chesapeake
Wicomico Environmental Trust
WISE

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