Maya van Rossum’s talks will educate and empower your audience to better understand today’s most critical environmental challenges.

For details on how Maya can inspire your group or organization, contact her online.

Topics
  • Constitutional Protection of Environmental Rights
  • River Values: The Economic Benefits of Environmental
    Protection
  • Community Activism: Tools for the Toolbox
  • Avoiding Adverse Impacts from Development: How To Do It Better
  • Fracked Gas Pipelines: Understanding Their Impacts and Strategies to Challenge
  • Understanding the Cradle-to-Grave Damage of Drilling and Fracking
  • River Friendly Gardens/ Gardening: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Helps
  • Stormwater Runoff: Lost Resource or Community Asset
  • Defeating Flood Damages in a Sustainable and Meaningful Way
  • Benefits of Buffers for Communities, Streams, Flooding, and Local Economies
  • Dredging
  • Cooling Water Intake Structures
  • Species decline including horseshoe crabs, migratory red knots, Atlantic sturgeon
  • Artificial turf
Endorsements

"Maya is a great speaker and was greatly appreciated by our folks. The January 19, 2017, resolution re ELCON — that the Warminster Board of Supervisors passed because of our Progressives’ work — started out mentioning the Pennsylvania constitution’s statement in Article 1, Section 27, the people’s ‘right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of … the environment.’ Maya's work to extend this to the world has already been shown very important.”

Pat Willis

Progressives for Positive Change

"Maya Van Rossum has been a leader in the protection of the environment and the Delaware River for years. Hearing her give a presentation is time well spent. She is a river of knowledge!"

Francis Faunt

Environmental Program Manager (Ret.), Delaware River and Bay Authority

“From her tireless advocacy for the Delaware River watershed and those who love it, Maya van Rossum offers a sobering message: In an era when legislatures and regulatory agencies are hobbled by divisive politics and unable to keep pace with our scientific understanding of threats to public health and the environment, constitutional protection of natural and human communities may be our best hope for survival.”

—Bradley M. Campbell

President of the Conservation Law Foundation, former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and former Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  

“Read this book and you will be infuriated and inspired. Infuriated because the book drags you through the environmental muck of fracking, pipelines, PFOA .... But you will be inspired by the notion, transformed into a call for a constitutional amendment, that we, the people, have always had more power than we thought.”

A. R. Ingraffea, PhD, PE

Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering Emeritus and Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University

"This is activism 2.0. Important, timely, and passionate, The Green Amendment will revolutionize the way we approach our work to protect the environment."

Greg Vitali

Pennsylvania State Representative, 166th Legislative District

"The Green Amendment asks us to imagine a world in which the right to pure water and healthy air exist on par with due process and free speech—and then shows us how to make it so."

Sandra Steingraber, PhD

Author of Living Downstream and Raising Elijah, recipient of the Rachel Carson Leadership Award, and co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking

"If we were writing our Constitution for the first time today, wise leaders would surely insert protections for our environment. Amendments are hard, of course — there’s a lot of corporate power to overcome — but given the stakes, this is surely an idea worth everyone taking very seriously!"

Bill McKibben

Author of Radio Free Vermont

notable talks
2018
Keynote, Tulane University Environmental Law Summit
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2018
Keynote, Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education 33rd Annual Conference
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2018
Motivational Speaker on the Environment, the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics at Rider University
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2018
Motivational Speaker on the Environment, Northwest Environmental Defense Center of Lewis & Clark Law School
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2017
Motivational Speaker on the Environment, Press Conference announcing New Jersey’s Green Amendment proposal
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Upcoming Events
April 23, 2018
Springton Lake Village
Media, PA
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April 26, 2018
2018 National Environmental Justice Conference
Washington Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005
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April 30, 2018
River Rally Conference (River Network)
Olympic Valley, CA
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May 5, 2018
Doylestown Bookshop
Doylestown, PA
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May 12, 2018
Keynote Speaker-Student Climate Leadership Conference
Princeton Day School, 650 The Great Road, Princeton.
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May 15, 2018
Valley Talks Speaker Series- Friends of the Wissahickon
Valley Green Inn, Wissahickon Park, Phila, PA
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May 22, 2018
Labryinth Books Talk/Signing
122 Nassau Street Princeton, NJ 08542
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September 8, 2018
Medford Leas Forum
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December 10, 2018
Talk to Doylestown Nature Club re Native Gardens
Buckingham Township Building
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