Your Rights. In Writing.
The growing interest in environmental causes demonstrated by the popularity of the first Earth Day in April 1970 proved to be a catalyst for action in Pennsylvania.
In the following May, Pennsylvania’s legislature approved and the voters ratified – by a four to one margin – a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution codifying our rights to a healthy environment.
This golden anniversary is a golden opportunity to celebrate and the Foundation plans to do just that. Flex your creative muscles with a little poetry or essay writing; the categories of our annual photo contest are tied to the ERA50; we invite you to write a song in support of the values expressed in the amendment.
In short, it is a party! Send your poetry or essay entries in the appropriate month to [email protected] and get in on the fun.
Every month a new challenge! Here’s a short poetry primer.
On May 18, 2021 – the anniversary itself – a panel discussion moderated by Rachel McDevitt of StateImpact Pennsylvania was broadcast by WITF-TV. The discussion featured:
- Cindy Dunn – Secretary, PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources
- State Sen. Franklin Kury
- Rafiyqa Muhammad – Harrisburg Environmental Advisory Council, PA DEP Environmental Justice Advisory Board
- Emma Olney – Governor’s Youth Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation and Wildlife Leadership Academy Ambassador
- Sofia Portilla – Climate Justice Youth Advocate with CASA (a working class, Latino, and immigrants’ rights organization)
View the video here: