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Sept. 14 Environmental Rights Amendment Forum
September 14 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Join PennFuture from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Sept. 14, at WHYY Studios in Philadelphia for an evening dedicated to understanding the Pennsylvania Constitution’s “Environmental Rights Amendment,” which states that “The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people. ” (Art. I, Sec. 27)
This forum will focus on the history, meaning and impact of this amendment. You’ll hear from legal experts, legislators, current and former state officials who will share their perspectives on this often-misunderstood provision. In addition to reflecting on the historical context in which the Amendment emerged, forum panelists will explain relevant case law, discuss needed enforcement, and consider implications for Pennsylvania’s citizen and environment.