To: New Jersey Senate & AssemblyRe: SCR 134/ACR 85, the NJ Green Amendment
We, the undersigned support the passage of SCR134/ACR85 which will Amend Article I of the New Jersey State Constitution by adding a new paragraph 24 to read as follows:
(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 esthetic 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.
Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, Delaware Riverkeeper NetworkJulia Somers, Executive Director, New Jersey Highlands CoalitionJeff Tittel, Director, NJ Sierra ClubDoug O'Malley, Director, Environment New JerseyAmy Goldsmith, State Director, Clean Water ActionGeorge Cassa, Policy Committee Co-Chair, Raritan Headwaters AssociationTim Dillingham, American Littoral SocietyBill Schultz, Riverkeeper, Raritan RiverkeeperJane Morton Galetto, Board President, Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River and Its Tributaries, Inc.David Pringle, Principal, David Pringle Associates LLCVincent DiBianca, Founder, DiBianca Associates LLCChris Foglio, President, BOT, Homeowners Against Land Taking (HALT)Dr. Lynn L. Siebert, President, Burnham Park AssociationWilliam Honachefsky Jr, Vice President, Union Forge Heritage AssociationSuzanne Wilder, President, Musconetcong Mountain ConservancyFranklin E Vilas, Priest in Charge, St. James' Episcopal ChurchJames Hollywood, Trustee, Citizens for Sustainable PlanningAlison Mitchell, Policy Director, New Jersey Conservation FoundationJohn Thonet, President, Thonet Associates, Inc.Jaclyn Rhoads, Assistant Executive Director, Pinelands Preservation AllianceFletcher Harper, Executive Director, GreenFaithPaul Sanderson, Loantaka Group, Sierra ClubKen, Organizer, Coalition Against the Pilgrim Pipeline - New JerseyJackie Schramm, Coordinator, Franciscan ResponseDante DiPirro, President, the Sourland ConservancySteven Mania, Environmental Connection, Inc.Alan, Hunt, Executive Director, Musconetcong Watershed AssociationRenee Allessio, Board Member, Sustainable West MilfordPatricia Ruby, Executive Director, Hunterdon Land TrustLena Smith, Senior Organizer, Policy Advocate, Food & Water WatchSusan Dorward, Sustainability & Energy Coordinator, Raritan Valley Community CollegeEd Potosnak, Executive Director, New Jersey League of Conservation VotersCaptain Bill Sheehan, Riverkeeper, Hackensack RiverkeeperGreg Remaud, Baykeeper & CEO, NY/NJ BaykeeperLinda Powell, Outreach Coordinator, Central Jersey Environmental DefendersVita Wallace, Member, Morning Glory & Bumble BeeTari Pantaleo, President, Kingston Greenways AssociationElizabeth Peer, Environment Team Lead, Indivisible Lambertville/New HopeNewark Environmental Sustainability InstituteIan Sherwood, President, Wallkill Headwaters AssociationEric Sween, Chair, Bethlehem Township Environmental CommissionBilly Barrett, VP, Board of Directors, Gerard Fish and Game ClubLaurie Howard, Executive Director, Passaic River Coalition Dr. Ben Burton, Restore Native Plants and WildlifeAdam Sheridan, Lead Organizer, Cooper River IndivisibleMaura Stephens, Co-Founder, Coalition to Protect New York