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NY Green Amendment Advocacy & Resource Guide

New York Green Amendment Resource Guide: This new resource guide provides some helpful information on how to use the New York Green Amendment to advance environmental protection through advocacy.

A review of our Frequently Asked Questions can help you better understand how the NY Green Amendment will make a powerful difference for our state.

New York Courts Issuing Precedent Setting Decisions Applying the New York Green Amendment

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

The Marte v City of NY issued 3/28/2023 clarifies that the New York Green Amendment cannot be used retroactively to relitigate decisions in the past.  This does not mean the NY Green Amendment cannot be used to address harmful environmental impacts being perpetuated by present day government action as the Fresh Air For The Eastside case above makes clear.

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.

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.

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Factsheets & Materials

Documents Key to the History of the NY Green Amendment:

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