Friday, April 16, 2021

Ned Smith Center For Nature & Art Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of PA Environmental Rights Amendment

Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in Dauphin County is hosting a special exhibit to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment to the state constitution from April 22 - Earth Day - to mid-August.

There will also be an open house and reception on May 15 with former Sen. Franklin Kury, the author of the amendment, to discuss his new book about the constitutional right to a clean environment.  

Are you aware of your environmental rights? Are you aware of who takes care of this heritage on your behalf? 

The departments of Conservation and Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, the Game Commission and the Fish and Boat Commission are collaborating with the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art to produce an exhibit that celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the passage of Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment, called -- The Green Amendment: Celebrating Half A Century Of Environmental Rights.

The amendment says--  “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.”

This special exhibit shares with you examples of the work being done to conserve and enhance the public resources across the Commonwealth. 

Examples of these resources, your heritage, include but are not limited to 86,000 miles of streams and rivers, public lands that comprise over a fifth of the state’s land area including National and State Parks and Forests, Game Lands, water access areas, and National Wildlife Refuges, and literally thousands of different kinds of wild flora and fauna including both common and endangered species.

Don’t miss this amazing exhibit that brings together the NSCNA, DCNR, DEP, PGC, and the PFBC and melds their work into one gallery, showcasing all these organizations do for you and how they celebrate The Green Amendment every day of the year!

The exhibit will be held in the Olewine Gallery at the Ned Smith Center and will run from April 22 - Earth Day - through mid-August. 

Click Here for more information on this special upcoming exhibit.  

Open House May 15

An open house and reception will be happening on May 15 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. with former Sen. Franklin Kury, the author of the amendment, to discuss his new book about the constitutional right to a clean environment.

Click Here for more on the reception.

For more information, visit the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art website.  Follow them on Facebook.

[Posted: April 16, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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