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WWU Environmental Speaker Series

December 1, 2022 @ 4:30 am 5:30 pm

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Thursdays: Sep 22 – Dec 1 at 4:30see entire list of speakers

Dec 1: From Rhetoric to Reality: Green Amendments as a New Path for Environmental Protection

Maya K. van Rossum with special introduction by Representative Debra Lekanoff

May is Founder of Green Amendments For the Generations

For decades, communities have relied on Federal and State laws to ensure protection of a clean environment. And for decades, while achieving some important successes in environmental protection, overall the health of our environment for present and future generations has continued to degrade from a growing number of sources. The truth is, our laws are designed to accommodate pollution as much as, perhaps even more than, to prevent it. As a result people feel powerless when it comes to preserving the quality of their water, air, public parks, and natural spaces. But there is a solution for achieving better, and much needed, protection of our environment: bypass the laws and turn to the ultimate authority—our state and federal constitutions.

This talk will seek to discuss and inspire a new tool for environmental preservation, one that will provide a new way of thinking about, and pursuing, environmental protection from a policy as well as a legal perspective.

We all have the right to pure water, clean air, and a healthy environment.  It’s time to truly secure that right for our own sake and that of future generations. www.wagreenamendment.org.

This talk will have a special introduction by Representative Debra Lekanoff, representing the 40th legislative district of Washington state and lead sponsor of the Washington Green Amendment

The Environmental Speaker Series is free and open to the public. Talks are held each Thursday at 4:30 pm in Academic Instructional Center West, room 204. Paid parking is available in lot C. Or join us online on Zoom!

More information about the speaker series is available here, and past Environmental Speaker Series recordings are available here.