Statewide Push for Environmental Bill of Rights Amendment

Statewide Push for Environmental Bill of Rights Amendment


Statewide Push for Environmental Bill of Rights Amendment

New Yorkers have a right to clean water, clean air and a safe climate. So goes the message of a new ad campaign launched in the final week of the year.  The groups Environmental Advocates of New York and Effective N-Y have joined forces to push for amending the state Constitution to include a New York State Environmental Bill of Rights.

Travis Proulx (PROO) with Environmental Advocates says the campaign was inspired by the children of Hoosick Falls, where drinking water has been contaminated with P-F-O-A, a toxic chemical used to make non-stick coatings for cooking utensils.

A constitutional amendment would have to pass in two consecutive sessions of the State Legislature, then be approved by voters in a statewide ballot.

The campaign is being launched with two short videos, featuring children in Hoosick Falls delivering the message in their own words. This is 14-year-old Mikayla Baker…

The videos direct viewers to a website, www.NYCleanWater.org  where they can sign a petition supporting the effort.  According to Proulx, legislators from both sides of the aisle in the state Assembly and Senate have expressed an interest in the proposal.

Proulx calls the amendment a powerful tool that would help New Yorkers compel their government to act in a crisis and preserve their rights to a healthy environment.

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Source: Finger Lakes Daily News
Statewide Push for Environmental Bill of Rights Amendment

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