West Nottingham Academy’s Student Environmental Council is working with our local and state conservation partners to support Maryland’s Amendment on Environmental Health and Justice.
The purpose of the Amendment is “to enshrine in Maryland’s constitution all citizens’ right to live in a healthy, healthful environment regardless of community location or economic status.” WNA’s Student Environmental Council (SEC) along with the whole WNA community embrace environmental ethics as ethics of everyday living, and as our SEC motto states, we understand that as humans dependent on a clean environment, we have “’nothing without Earth.” We support this amendment because we understand we need to sustain the earth that sustains all of our lives and because we know that all people in all communities, regardless ethnicity, race, or income level, deserve a healthy and livable environment.
To effectively fight environmental injustices and the existential threat of climate change, to assure the rights of every individual to a healthy and healthful environment, we need more than individual laws. We need a constitutional amendment underpinning them, promoting them, securing them, and allowing vigorous enforcement of them.
On Feb. 23, 2020, students from West Nottingham Academy’s Environmental Science and Policy class, Student Environmental Council, and Diversity Team headed to Annapolis for meetings with delegates and senators to advocate for Maryland House Bill 517. Students had the opportunity to voice their concerns about their futures and express their support for the amendment, which makes clear that clean air and water and a stable climate are a fundamental right for all Marylanders.
West Nottingham’s sustainability program encourages students to learn the ethic of reciprocity, sustaining the earth that sustains all our lives. The program encourages the students to “walk their talk” on campus and in their home communities and to take proactive and productive actions for positive change in the world.