Colorado River v. State of Colorado
CELDF is a legal advisor in this first-in-the-nation federal lawsuit - the Colorado River seeks recognition of its rights.
Rolling Stone Magazine
Check out CELDF & Grant Twp, PA, in "How a small town is standing up to fracking," by Justin Nobel of Rolling Stone Magazine. Help us support communities like Grant!
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CELDF is pioneering the advancement of rights of ecosystems, working globally to develop rights-based legal frameworks to protect the environment.
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We are not a typical environmental organization. We assist communities to develop first-in-the-nation, groundbreaking laws to protect rights – including worker, environmental, and democratic rights, and rights of nature. CELDF provides free and low cost legal services, grassroots organizing, and education, to communities, states, and countries facing injustice. We help them to assert their rights to fight the harms they face. Learn more about how we work, or call us now at: 717-498-0054.
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Press Release: Bowling Green Residents Tip OH Supreme Court in their Favor, Win Fight for Right to Vote
Bowling Green residents declare victory! Their right to vote affirmed in Ohio Supreme Court as the first-in-the-state Right to Climate initiative goes on the November ballot.
An over-burdened Colorado River ecosystem files a first-in-the-nation lawsuit to have its rights recognized at a time of growing ecological crisis.
The people prevail! An attempt to keep Bowling Green, OH, residents from voting on their Right to Climate ballot initiative falls flat before the Ohio Supreme Court.
A lawsuit to recognize the rights of the Colorado River to exist, flourish, and evolve, is the next step in the growing Rights of Nature movement.
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October 20, 2017 — October 21, 2017
How do we create the vibrant and sustainable communities we envision, when sustainability is illegal? Community rights. Learn how with CELDF's Tish O'Dell.
October 22, 2017
Newmarket, NH, residents host the Community Rights Awareness Workshop to learn how they can protect their water from industrial toxins. Join us!
October 24, 2017
Bowling Green, OH, students and residents are advancing Community Rights to protect themselves from the Nexus pipeline. Join us as they host a showing of We the People 2.0!
October 27, 2017
CELDF's International Center for the Rights of Nature is joining with the Myrin Institute and the Tulane University Law School to hold the first U.S. Rights of Nature Symposium on October 27th. Save the date!
October 27, 2017 — October 28, 2017
Gig Harbor, WA, residents host Democracy School as they begin organizing to protect the Salish Sea. Learn more here!
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Press Release: Colorado River v. State of Colorado: In a First-in-the-Nation Federal Lawsuit, River Seeks Recognition of its Legal Rights to Exist, RestorationSeptember 21, 2017
For the first time in the U.S., a river and its ecosystem file a federal lawsuit for recognition of rights to exist, flourish, and restoration. CELDF is serving as a legal advisor in the case.
Lafayette, CO, is the first community in the state to adopt a right to climate ordinance, recognizing the right of residents to a healthy climate.
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Grant Township, PA: A Stand to Protect Their Water & Their Community
For more than 3 years, Grant Township, PA, residents have been fighting PGE’s proposed frack wastewater injection well. Now their own Department of Environmental Protection has turned on them as well. Grant residents are unwavering in their commitment to protect their community.
CELDF is standing with them.
Ohio Counties Fighting for Their Rights and Their Future
Ohio residents in Medina, Portage, and Athens Counties are fighting to protect themselves from fracking wastewater injection wells, pipelines, compressor stations, and more. In response, the corporate state is placing people’s environmental and democratic rights in their cross-hairs.
These communities aren’t blinking.