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What is a Green Amendment?

Green Amendments are self executing provisions added to the bill of rights section of a constitution that recognize and protect the rights of all people, including future generations, to pure water, clean air, a safe climate, and healthy environments.

What’s Happening in Oregon?

OR senator Jeff GoldenThe Oregon Green Amendment movement is getting back on track!

Oregonians, inspired by recent legal successes in the three Green Amendment states of Pennsylvania, Montana and New York, are working to re-up and advance an Oregon Green Amendment in the coming year.

The Oregon Coalition for an Environmental Rights Amendment (OCERA) is a growing coalition focused on amending the Oregon Constitution to protect everyone’s right to a healthy environment and a stable climate by adding constitutional language that meets the Green Amendment definition and therefore ensures strongest constitutional protection.

OCERA is convening a Statewide Organizing Meeting for May 4. Check out the calendar page for more information and a pre-registration link.

In previous years, Senator Golden had put forth his version of a Green Amendment. While this version of the Green Amendment didn’t progress through the process, the foundation was laid for future success.  The language Senator Golden, working with Green Amendments For The Generations put forth, read:

Be  It  Resolved  by  the  Legislative  Assembly  of  the  State  of  Oregon: The  Constitution  of  the  State  of  Oregon  is  amended  by  creating  a  new section 47  to  be  added  to  and  made  a  part  of  Article  I,  such  section  to  read:


(1) The people of this state have the right to a clean and healthy environment, including pure water, clean air, healthy ecosystems and a stable climate, and to the preservation of the natural, cultural, scenic, recreational and healthful qualities of  the  environment. The state shall not infringe upon these rights, by action or inaction.

(2) The state, including each branch, agency and political subdivision, shall serve as trustee  of  all  the  natural  resources  of  this  state.  The  trust  assets  to  be  protected  shall  include  this  state’s  waters,  air, wildlife, fisheries, atmosphere, climate, public lands and natural ecosystems. The state shall conserve, protect and maintain these natural resources for the benefit of all the people, including generations yet to come.

(3) The rights stated in this section are self-executing, inherent and indefeasible, are among those rights reserved to the people and are in addition to, and may not be constrained by or limited to, those rights conferred by the state’s public trust doctrine or wildlife trust doctrine.


Join The Movement For Your Environmental Rights:

If you want to join the movement and show your support for an Oregon Green Amendment, sign the petition and be sure to share it with those in your circle of life.

As the movement grows you will get newsletters and information about how to engage.

As the movement grows more information will be added to the resources and action pages of this website to help you to learn more and engage.

What Can You Do?

Learn about the process to amend the Oregon state constitution here.
If you want to take steps to advance a Green Amendment in your home state, go here.
If you are interested in being a part of the effort, or have any questions, please get in touch with us.

National Green Amendments Movement

Find out where else we are working.

Learn more about Green Amendments For the Generations at forthegenerations.org.