Added to the Pennsylvania constitution in 1971, the amendment protects the right to clean air, pure water, and enjoyment and preservation of our natural environment for generations to come.
Watch clips tracing the history and impact of the amendment from the WITF original documentary Straight Talk: The Ralph Abele Story and the StateImpact Pennsylvania original documentary Generations Yet to Come: Environmental Rights in Pennsylvania. Read more here.
After the screening, StateImpact Pennsylvania reporter Rachel McDevitt will lead a panel discussion about the lasting legacy of this groundbreaking legislation and its relevancy today.
-- Former state Sen. Franklin Kury, who was instrumental in getting the amendment passed
-- Cindy Dunn, Secretary, Department of Conservation & Natural Resources
-- Rafiyqa Muhammad, Harrisburg Environmental Advisory Council, Pennsylvania DEP Environmental Justice Advisory Board
-- Emma Olney, Governor’s Youth Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation
Visit the PA Conservation Heritage website to learn more about Pennsylvania’s conservation history.
-- Bay Journal: PA’s Environmental Rights Amendment Grows Some Teeth
-- The Environmental Amendment To The State Constitution By Franklin Kury[Posted: April 28, 2021] PA Environment Digest