Putting the NY Green Amendment to Work
Now that New Yorkers have a constitutional right to clean water and air, and a healthful environment, it is time to put this right to work – smartly!
Whenever advocating around an environmental issues, it is important to mention the constitutional right, pursuant to Article 1 Section 19 of the state constitution, of all New Yorkers to clean water and air, and a healthful environment. Remind your government officials — whether elected, appointed or onstaff — that they have a constitutional obligation to protect your environmental rights.
A look at our resources page can help you find the right words and points to make. Please note, we are updating the tools at the resources page but the points and articles at this link will give you good ideas while we work to update our NY specific tools now that NY has this constitutional right.
If you think there is a constitutional violation once all is said and done, it may be worth contacting legal counsel or a NY state legal clinic to discuss whether your rights have been violated and legal action is warranted.
Write an Opinion Piece or Letter to the Editor
Write an Opinion Piece or Letter to the Editor to your local paper
Help us spread the word that New Yorkers now have a right to clean water and air, and a healthful environment! Let your community members know what a environmental rights are and how they can help your community and environment.