November 2, 2021
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For additional information, contact Marci Mowery at 717-236-7644 or [email protected].
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Environmental Rights Amendment Through Song
The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation recognizes song contest winners
Camp Hill, PA – Tune in to a livestream presentation with the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation on November 8th to listen to the three winning songs and honor the original songwriters who won PPFF’s 2021 Environmental Rights Amendment Song Contest.
Throughout the year, PPFF has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Environmental Rights Amendment to Pennsylvania’s Constitution. The ERA was the theme of PPFF’s first-ever song contest and that of this year’s photo contest and special monthly writing incentives.
“Music is a medium that connects people and transcends time much like the ERA which was designed to give citizens a voice and created with future generations in mind. Hosting a song contest seemed like the perfect way to celebrate such an important milestone” stated Brad Mallory, PPFF’s Board Chair, who will provide opening remarks for the awards presentation.
Through their original songs, the three awardees expressed the importance of the amendment, how it empowers citizens with rights to healthy natural resources and, at the same time, charges us all with their stewardship.
Viewers will meet Grand Prize winner, Ed Holcomb, and hear his song, “The Amendment”, with harmonica accompaniment, Youth Entry winner Brooke Buser and her song, “Pick Up Trash”, strummed to the tune of her ukulele, and President’s Choice winner Debra Wolf Goldstein, the powerful voice of “People Have the Right”.
“We are thrilled to have received submissions from a number of talented songwriters from around the state” said PPFF’s President Marci Mowery, “and to be able to share the significance of the ERA through the arts.” Mowery will recognize each of the awardees and ask them to share the inspiration behind their message.
Special guests, former State Senator and champion of the ERA, Franklin Kury, as well as PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, will speak about the creation of the ERA, its importance for citizens, and impact on Pennsylvania’s public lands.
About the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation
The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation supports 121 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest by coordinating volunteers, activities, and donations through its 48 chapters. The mission of the foundation is to inspire stewardship of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests. To learn more about PPFF, visit https://paparksandforests.org/.
The presentation will be livestreamed on the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation Facebook page and YouTube channel.