We are excited to invite you to hear Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, and author of “The Green Amendment: Securing Our Right to a Healthy Environment” as well as Prof. Richard Wallace, professor of environmental studies at Ursinus College. Come out, meet Maya, pick up a copy of her latest book and learn about the future of environmental advocacy!
When: Thursday, August 9 at 7:00 pm
Where: Peter-Becker Community, Maplewood Estates Main Building
815 Maplewood Drive, Harleysville, PA 19438
In the decade’s long fight for a cleaner environment, we’ve been fighting a losing battle. The sad truth is our laws are designed to accommodate pollution rather than prevent it. People feel powerless when it comes to preserving the quality of their water, air, public parks, and special natural spaces. The solution, argues van Rossum in her book, is to bypass the laws and turn to the ultimate authority: our state and federal constitutions.
Maya K. van Rossum is a veteran environmentalist and licensed attorney who joined the Delaware Riverkeeper Network in 1994 as executive director and since 1996 has served as the Delaware Riverkeeper, championing the rights of people to a free-flowing, clean, and healthy Delaware River and its tributary streams.
Van Rossum is currently advancing The Green Amendment movement, seeking to inspire and secure constitutional protection for environmental rights across the nation. The Green Amendment includes a powerful foreword authored by Mark Ruffalo.
She grew up in the Delaware River watershed, playing in Ithan Creek, a tributary to the Darby, which is a tributary to the Delaware. After law school, she returned to the Delaware River watershed to take on the role of fighting to protect it, along with each and every tributary stream including her beloved Ithan Creek.
Richard L. Wallace is a professor of environmental studies at Ursinus College and co-director of the college’s Robert and Shurley Knaefler Whittaker Environmental Research Station.