Let's make a healthful environment a protected right!
DC Environmental Network Fourth of July Parade march leaders, Gabriella Valderrama and Abigail Mary Power.
March with us in support of the right to clean air, clean water, and a healthful environment, at our local Palisades Fourth of July Parade!
The DC Environmental Network invites YOU to march with us at the 53rd Palisades Fourth of July Parade in the District of Columbia.

On this day many Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress that affirmed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The DC Environmental Network invites you to march with us in support of making clean water, clean air, and a healthful environment, a protected right in our city, and across the nation.
The importance of a basic human right to clean air and water and a healthful environment has not been part of the District's focus regarding constitutional protections, but recent threats to our water and air, including the existential challenge of climate change, have reminded us that we cannot take for granted that these life sustaining elements will be protected. The consequences of climate change affect everyone, but will disproportionately harm communities east of the river that already face marginalization and need the greatest protections.
It is critical that we recognize the basic human rights to clean air and water and a healthful environment and detail these in the District's Constitution. We can look to the state of New York for some guidance as they recently passed their own environmental rights bill.

The advantage of amending the District's constitution is that it will provide greater assurance of sound decision making and improve actions that would otherwise harm District residents and negatively impact air, water, and our environment. We believe this amendment would support citizen suits to enforce existing District and federal laws enacted to protect our environment.

Our federal government may have abandoned a necessary national commitment to act on climate change and environmental inequality, however we have the power and the obligation as a community to take action locally against injustices and demand responsibility from our government.
March with us on the Fourth of July!
We will be gathering at 10:00 AM on July 4th to line up for the parade which begins at 11:00.

Line-up begins on Whitehaven Parkway (enter via Foxhall) and from there we will follow the parade route through the Palisades neighborhood.

Bring plenty of water and good walking shoes.
DCEN will be organizing a poster-making session on the evening of June 26 from 6-8 PM which we encourage participants to come to! We hope you will join us! 

RSVP today and we will send more information. Hope to see you on July 4th!

Abigail Mary Power, DCEN Summer Advocacy Associate
Gabriella Valderrama, DCEN Summer Sustainability Associate
Are you marching with us at Palisades?
Meet at Whitehaven Parkway (enter via Foxhall)

07/04/19 10:00am - 07/04/19 1:00pm

March with us in support of making clean water, clean air, and a healthy environment, a protected right in our city, and across the nation.
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