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Environmental activist pushing for 'Green Amendment' while in Tallahassee

Two states have passed the Green Amendment so far
Posted at 5:44 PM, Apr 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-22 17:46:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — One environmental activist is bringing an Earth Day message to the Capital City and wants feedback from Floridians.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at Temple Israel Synagogue in Tallahassee.

Environmental activist, Maya Van Rossum, says our environment is seeing the effects of climate change, from toxic algae to red tide to rising sea levels.

That's why she's in Tallahassee this Earth Day spreading the word about what she calls the Green Amendment.

Rossum says we all have the right to pure water, clean air and a healthy environment. And that's the focus of the amendment.

She aims to inspire communities to make the environment a priority when planning for future development.

"They are trying to understandably balance entrance of development with the interests people of Florida with the interest of keeping a pristine environment," said Kim Ross, Executive Director of Rethink Energy Florida. "So adding it to the Bill of Rights, according to Maya Van Rossum, actually lifts that up in terms of importance."

Rossum says two states have passed the Green Amendment so far, Montana and Pennsylvania.

The Florida legislature is not considering it this session, so Rossum hopes citizens will take action and push the measure as an amendment to the State Constitution.