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"The bill’s nickname itself, The Pine Tree Amendment, highlights how deeply rooted these values are in our culture as Mainers. We value our environment, the natural resources and beauty that make our state so special. The Pine Tree Amendment will protect this central cultural value for generations to come."
– Representative Rachel Talbot Ross
The proposed amendment to the Constitution of Maine would ease in part the place in our spirit that aches when we see desecration and polluting of Mother Earth. We, collectively, have a long way to go when it comes to treating the environment as a sacred being but this resolution is a great step in the right direction. A healthy environment is a human right. For our generation and the next.
– Maulian Dana
Penobscot Nation Tribal Ambassador
What commonality is more important for Mainers than our bountiful, beautiful outdoors – the clean winds of Katahdin, the lapping waves of Sebago, the bends of coastal shoreline? What says Maine more than cross-country skiing on a crisp March morning, dipping your paddle in Chesuncook Lake, feeling the earth awaken around your tree stand in November, traversing the boulders of Mahoosuc Notch, or hearing the buoy bell at eventide?
– Senator Rick Bennett
Amending the Maine Constitution writes environmental protections into the highest state law and solidifies what would otherwise be empty words of “sustainability” and “action.” The amendment brings a lens of equity along with accountability. Clean water, air, and a livable future for all transcend every arbitrary category that people may fit into.
– Anna Siegel