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SOCAN Monthly Meeting: Why do we need the Oregon Coalition for an Environmental Rights Amendment?

May 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Presentation by Mel Martin, OCERA Strategy Committee

This event is co-sponsored by Southern Oregon Pachamama Alliance Community and The Water League

Efforts to hold governments responsible for applying the Public Trust Doctrine to protecting our environment for future generations have been unsuccessful where state constitutions do not explicitly guarantee residents the right to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment free from climate change.  This is in contrast to states where the presence of such a guarantee has been correlated with judicial success.  Oregon is one of the states that lacks such a constitutional guarantee.

A newly formed group of collaborating individuals and organizations, with which SOCAN is a collaborator, is attempting to establish a constitutional amendment to affirm every person’s fundamental right to a healthy environment and a stable climate.  The Oregon Coalition for an Environmental Rights Amendment (OCERA) is developing a plan to amend the state constitution via ballot measure (the only way such an amendment can be undertaken). For more information, visit OCERA’s webpage.

It seems that a constitutional amendment is necessary if Oregonians are to achieve responsible protection of our natural environment, including clean air, clean water, and a stable climate. While no right is absolute, an appropriate constitutional amendment could provide an enforceable right requiring the State to do its best to protect the environment, in the public interest, based on the best available science. The justification for such an amendment comprises both legal and moral imperatives.  The coalition held its kick-off in Salem on May 4th and now seeks Oregonians interested in promoting the effort.

At the monthly SOCAN general meeting on Tuesday May 28th at the Medford Public Library (205, S. Central Avenue) Mel Martin from the OCERA strategy committee will deliver a presentation introducing the efforts of OCERA and inviting Southern Oregonians to join the campaign. SOCAN’s general meetings are free and open to the public.

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Date:
May 28
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Organizer

Kathy Conway
Email
kathy@socan.eco

Venue

Large Meeting Room, Medford Public Library
205 South Central
Medford, United States
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Details

Date:
May 28
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Series:
Event Category:

Organizer

Kathy Conway
Email
kathy@socan.eco

Venue

Large Meeting Room, Medford Public Library
205 South Central
Medford, United States
+ Google Map