What is a Green Amendment?
Green Amendments are self executing provisions added to the bill of rights section of a constitution that recognize and protect the rights of all people. regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or income, including future generations, to pure water, clean air, a stable climate, and healthy environments.
What's Happening in New Mexico?
The New Mexico Green Amendment movement is growing. On January 4, New Mexico legislators pre-filed the Joint Resolution to amend the state constitution's Bill of Rights to recognize and protect the environmental rights of all people of Mexico. Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and Senator Bill Soules will be the lead sponsors in the Senate and Representative Joanne Ferrary will be lead sponsor in the House. Both houses will have to vote on the proposal and if there is majority support in each house the amendment would advance to a vote of the people.
Wondering how the language will read? And top talking points to educate yourself and others? Find both here.
New Mexico organizational support for a state Green Amendment is on the rise. If you are the leader of an organization, business or other entity, please consider signing our organizational letter of support found here.
New Mexico was selected to be the next state featured in the Here's The Story: The Green Amendment documentary series. Interviews and filming took place in September/October of 2020 with release of multiple episodes expected before the end of the year to help educate and spread the word. You can read Green Amendment Founder Maya van Rossum's reflections on the first part of her trip here.
In 2019 & 2020, Green Amendments For The Generations has met with community leaders, interested legislators, the All Pueblo Counsel of Governors as well as their Natural Resources Committee, and government officials all interested in understanding what a Green Amendment could mean for protect the resources and communities of the state. This video includes highlights of one of our earlier visits to New Mexico.
The proposed New Mexico Joint Resolution reads as follows:
Resolution for Proposing New Mexico Green Amendment Language
SECTION 1. It is proposed to amend Article 2 of the constitution of New Mexico by adding a new section to read:
The people of the state, including future generations, have the right to a clean and healthy environment, including pure water, clean air, healthy ecosystems, and a stable climate, and to the preservation of the natural, cultural, scenic and healthful qualities of the environment.
The state, including each branch, agency, and political subdivision, shall serve as trustee of the natural resources of the state, among them its waters, air, flora, fauna, climate and public lands. The state shall conserve, protect, and maintain these resources for the benefit of all the people, including generations yet to come.
The rights stated in this section are inherent, inalienable, and indefeasible and are among those rights reserved to all the people and are on par with other protected inalienable rights. The provisions of this section are self-executing.
SECTION 2. It is proposed to amend Article 20 of the constitution of New Mexico by repealing Section 21.
Organizations Signed On Supporting New Mexico Having a Green Amendment
- Southwest Native Cultures
- Indivisible Nob Hill
- Retake Our Democracy
- Rio Grande Valley Broadband, Great Old Broads for Wilderness
- Southwest Environmental Center
- New Energy Economy
- Youth United for Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA)
- National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL)
- New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light
- Think Like a Bee
- Common Ground Community Trust
- Adelante Progressive Caucus
- Great Old Broads for Wilderness
- Rio Arriba Concerned Citizens
- Rio Grande Waterkeeper
- WildEarth Guardians
- Aldo’s Silver City Broadband of the Great Old Broads for Wilderness
- Water-Culture Institute
- Albuquerque Wildlife Federation
- 350 New Mexico
- 350 Santa Fe
- Interfaith Worker Justice – New Mexico
- Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment
- Amigos Bravos
- Renewable Taos
- Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter
- New Mexico Environmental Law Center
- Middle Rio Grande Water Advocates
- New Mexico Youth Climate Strike
- New Mexico Solar Energy Association
- Rio Grande Return
- Progressive Democrats of America, Central New Mexico
- Pajarito Environmental Education Center
- Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce
- Western Environmental Law Center
- Defenders of Wildlife
COVID-19 has certainly impacted the ability to engage as robustly as is needed to ensure everyone understands the values and power of a NM Green Amendment. If you want to help us spread the word by organizing a zoom talk please send an email to GAFTG@ForTheGenerations.org and we will work with you to set it up.