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Proposal ID991
Proposal2020 Platform Amendment: Chapter III, Section P Amend federal and state constitutions
PresenterPlatform Committee Sponsor: Eco-Action Committee
Floor ManagerJustin Beth
Discussion01/20/2020 - 02/16/2020
Voting02/17/2020 - 02/23/2020
Presens Quorum34 0.6666
Consens Quorum38 0.6666 of Yes and No Votes




Amend Chapter III, Ecological Sustainability by adding a new Section P.

Proposed Changes

P. Amend federal and state constitutions to incorporate the right to a clean and healthy environment pursuant to the 2017 text provided by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network below. GPUS agrees that the following text, or something similar, should be incorporated as amendment to the U.S. constitution:
“(a) Every person has a right to a clean and healthy environment, including pure water, clean air, and ecologically healthy habitats, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic, and aesthetic qualities of the environment. The State shall not infringe upon these rights, by action or inaction.
(b) The State’s public natural resources, among them its waters, air, flora, fauna, climate, and public lands, are the common property of all the people, including both present and future generations. The State shall serve as trustee of these resources, and shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all people.
(c) This paragraph and the rights stated herein are (1) self-executing, and (2) shall be in addition to any rights conferred by the public trust doctrine or common law.”


Approval of this proposal will amend the 2020 GPUS Platform.
Platform Committee; Co-chairs Bruce Hinkforth, Tim Willard
Eco-Action Committee; Co-chairs Audrey Clement, Frank Jeffers


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