In the decades-long fight for a cleaner environment, we have been fighting a losing battle. The sad truth is, our laws are designed to accommodate pollution, rather than prevent it. The solution is to bypass the laws and turn to the ultimate authority: our state and federal constitutions. Maya van Rossum lays out a new agenda for environmental advocacy that can empower every American state to mobilize for constitutional change, including New Mexico.

Maya van Rossum is the founder of Green Amendments For The Generations, a grassroots non-profit organization inspiring the nationwide movement to secure constitutional recognition and protection of environmental rights in every state and ultimately at the federal level. She is also the Delaware Riverkeeper. For more than 26 years, she has been the leader of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, a regional nonprofit organization that uses advocacy, science, and litigation to protect the Delaware River and its tributaries.