Local climate group joins campaign to put environmental rights in Oregon Constitution

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now part of coalition to put amendment before voters

Tony Boom, May 28th 2024, RV-Times

Southern Oregon Climate Action Now has joined a coalition that seeks to add an environmental rights amendment to the state constitution though a vote of the people.

“Many people haven’t heard of this idea and don’t understand why it is necessary,” said Alan Journet, co-facilitator of SOCAN.

Journet said government has a responsibility to manage natural resources such as air and water for current and future generations in a public trust doctrine, he said.

Mel Martin of the Oregon Coalition for an Environmental Rights Amendment strategy committee will talk about the effort and explain the need for action in a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, in the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave.

Peter Fargo, a spokesperson with OCERA, said, “We are forming the coalition. We are reaching out to interested partners across the state. We are just getting started.

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