Amend the New York State Constitution to ensure clean air and water
July 31, 2020
Each person shall have a right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment
NYS should add those words to the constitution. NY has a constitutional right to bingo, but no right to clean air or water.
A Green Amendment is a value statement that declares that New Yorkers acknowledge that clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment are fundamental rights for all of us. It sends a clear message about our collective values and priorities and would be on par with fundamental freedoms like the right to free speech and freedom of religion.
A Green Amendment is an actionable right and would provide procedural and substantive safeguards by requiring the government to consider the environment and our relationship to it in decisionmaking.
Amend the NYS Constitution
The process has already begun! The New York Legislature passed a bill — A.2064/S.2072 — to add a Green Amendment in the 2019 legislative session. Next, the bill must be passed again in the next legislature (2021-2022). After this passage, the Green Amendment moves to a statewide referendum where voters will decide whether to enshrine the Green Amendment into the State Constitution.