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First Legal Precedent Set – Learn More

On December 7, 2022, Fresh Air For The Eastside v. the State of New York, et. al, the Supreme Court of New York, the trial court level in New York State, issued the first decision based on the New York Green Amendment since it was added to the state’s constitutional Bill of Rights.

To read the full press release summarizing the case and victory, including the points of important precedent, you can do so here.

To learn more of the details, including about a companion decision handed down the very next day, read here: Fresh Air For The East Site v. New York Summary & Overview

To read the full case, you can do so here:  Fresh Air For The Eastside v. New York State et. al. 12/7/2022

Helpful Webinars

In this presentation, leading experts discuss how we can apply New York’s newly established Green Amendment to work for New Yorkers and to restore justice to our communities.

Watch the New York Green Amendment Virtual Webinar Series:

In this helpful series, recorded before the amendment was passed, Green Amendments For The Generations, Environmental Advocates of New York, and Adirondack Mountain Club  take a deep dive into New York’s efforts to secure a Green Amendment and what it means for the state.
New York Green Amendment Virtual Webinar, Part 1
New York Green Amendment Virtual Webinar, Part 2
New York Green Amendment Virtual Webinar, Part 3

An Emmy Nominated Show

Here’s The Story, an Emmy nominated show that premiered in 2011 and is produced by acclaimed journalist Steve Rogers, is now featuring a two part show featuring the Green Amendment movement. The show joins Maya as she explores the history of the Green Amendment movement and meets with environmental, political and legal leaders key to the movements past, present and future. Among those interviewed is NJ Governor Phil Murphy, PA Senator Franklin Kury who originally conceived of the idea for PA, and the chief justice who wrote the iconic opinion that helped launch the movement.

You can watch the show, see Facebook live chats with some of the key players, and see the full interviews that were conducted as part of the show here: Here’s the Story: The Green Amendment.

FAQs for a Green Amendment in New York

The New York Constitution was amended to secure a right of all people to clean water and air, and  a healthful environment – Article 1, Section 19.

The NY Bar Association hosted a discussion of how the new environmental right impacts environmental protection in the state.  Read Pace Law School Professor Nicholas Robinson’s assessment:  The New Environmental Right in NY

A Letter from Maya K. van Rossum: Racial Justice Demands Constitutional “Green Amendments”

Read GAFTG Founder, Maya van Rossum’s open letter calling for environmental and racial justice, which offers a tangible pathway to change. Check out the moving video piece in which 24 diverse leaders and activists joined van Rossum in delivering the letter.

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