The Collins Memorial Library and ASUPS are pleased to sponsor Maya K. van Rossum, leading environmental rights advocate. Maya is the Delaware Riverkeeper and leader for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. The role of the Delaware Riverkeeper is to give the Delaware River, and the communities that depend upon it and appreciate it, a voice at every decision making table that could provide help or do harm. van Rossum, who is skilled as an environmental attorney, strategist, community organizer, facilitator, coalition builder and manager, has led DRN for over 23 years. As Delaware Riverkeeper, she organizes concerned citizens, testifies before state and national governing bodies, oversees DRN litigation, and watches over the Delaware River and all of its tributary streams. Through appointments by governors and agency heads, she has played a role in shaping water quality, quantity and habitat policies and regulation in the Delaware River watershed for nearly two decades.
Maya will talk about her recently published book The Green Amendment, Securing our Right to a Healthy Environment. In a recent review the book has been described by Richard Louv
Chairman emeritus of the Children & Nature Network: As “A rallying cry not only for conservationists and wildlife biologists, but for pediatricians, teachers, psychologists, architects, city planners — everyone who is concerned about the welfare of all species, including human beings. Please read this important book.”
In the book, she lays out an inspiring new agenda for environmental advocacy, one that will empower people, level the playing field, and provide real hope for communities everywhere. She will discuss:
• how legislative environmentalism has failed communities across America,
• the transformational difference environmental constitutionalism can make,
• the economic imperative of environmental constitutionalism, and
• how to take action in their communities.
As she advocates, we all have the right to pure water, clean air, and a healthy environment. It’s time to claim that right—for our own sake and that of future generations.
Order at: http://bit.ly/TheGreenAmendment. All proceeds benefit the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.
Copies of her book will be available for signing.