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2022 Environmental Legislative Summit

maryland state house view with flowersDo you believe that every Marylander has a right to a healthful environment? Do you believe that reducing the effects of Climate Change and reducing toxic chemical pollution is a part of that right? Do you want to know what your state legislators are doing about environmental issues?

Tune in to the 2022 Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit to get a preview of the environmental community’s priority legislation this session. A big crowd is expected for this virtual event, gathering online to hear great speakers. This is the best way to kick off the Maryland General Assembly legislative session!

The Summit is sponsored by the coalition of Maryland environmental groups known as CCE (Citizens Campaign for the Environment) that includes Annapolis Green. Learn about and rally for passage of important environmental bills in the General Assembly’s 2022 session including:

  • Increasing Maryland’s greenhouse gas reduction requirements to 60% below 2006 levels by 2030 and net neutral by 2045;
  • Restricting the use and disposal of toxic PFAS, “forever chemicals,” that are contaminating our water and putting Maryland families at risk.
  • Amending the Maryland state constitution to protect each person’s right to a healthful environment; and
  • Ensuring that the State Budget, including incoming federal dollars, prioritize the environment and environmental justice.

There will be presentations by both environmental advocates and leading members of the General Assembly.

This event is FREE, but please register to receive the event information!

REGISTER HERE for the virtual event TODAY!

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And they’re back! The General Assembly opened on January 12, and many environmental bills have already been pre-filed – that is, already written and waiting for committee assignments and scheduling of hearing dates. Annapolis Green is again working with the environmental community to urge our elected officials to do good by the environment.

One bill of interest is a proposal to amend the Maryland Constitution to state that “each person, as a matter of human dignity, has the fundamental and inalienable right to a healthful environment.” This would elevate our right to good health to the same legal level as the right to freedom of religion and speech, for example.

To become law, the proposed Constitutional Amendment for Environmental Human Rights must pass with a three-fifths vote in both the House and Senate and then be approved by voters in next November’s ballot.

Why this and why now? This concept is not new – it is already on the books in several states. This Constitutionally based protection for Marylanders carries more weight than environmental laws and regulations and would give Marylanders more power to hold state and local jurisdictions accountable for violations of their environmental rights. This is especially important for marginalized communities that have been disproportionately affected by pollution and a degraded environment. And it makes clear that the state has a stewardship role for the environment.

Environmental Human Rights Amendment Annapolis Green, along with 60 other nonprofit organizations, has expressed support. If this legislation makes sense to you, there are several things you can do. Just click here to learn more.

Get involved with your state government!

Attend the virtual Environmental Rights Stakeholder Rally on Friday, January 14, from noon to 1 pm. For more information and to sign up, click here or follow on Facebook. All RSVPs will receive a Zoom link for the event and a copy of the recording after the program.

Read this article by former Congressman Wayne Gilchrest about why he supports the amendment.

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Tune into the Annual Maryland Environmental Summit and learn how you can work to pass key environmental bills in the 2021 Maryland General Assembly.

This virtual event is sponsored by the coalition of Maryland environmental groups known as CCE (Citizens Campaign for the Environment), of which Annapolis Green is a part. Learn about and rally for passage of important environmental bills in the General Assembly’s 2021 session including:

  • Increasing Maryland’s greenhouse gas reduction requirements to 60% below 2006 levels by 2030 and net neutral by 2045
  • Banning plastic bags at the point of sale at retail locations
  • Fighting dangerous PFAS “forever chemicals” that are polluting our waterways and putting health at risk
  • Funding the Maryland Transit Administration’s (MTA) Capital Needs and electrifying MTA buses

There will be presentations by both environmental advocates and leading members of the General Assembly.

This is an hour-long event with opportunity for follow up on certain priority bills afterward. Stay tuned!

Click here to register and receive the information for this free event.

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