Lake Erie Bill of Rights
In an historic vote, Toledo, Ohio, residents recognize the Rights of Lake Erie to exist, flourish, and evolve, with 61% of community members supporting the measure.
Ohio State Government Blocks Rights of Nature
Ohio House of Representatives adopts provisions to block communities and local governments from enforcing recognized legal rights for ecosystems.
Rights of Nature
CELDF is spearheading the Rights of Nature movement, 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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News from the Grassroots
Attorneys Will Falk and Sean Butler's insightful piece on the Lake Erie Bill of Rights as Rights of Nature comes up against a legal system protecting property at the cost of ecosystems.
The State of Colima in Mexico recognizes the Rights of Nature in its constitution.
CELDF's community organizer Tish O'Dell on what it takes to protect Lake Erie and Rights of Nature as the state of Ohio attacks both.
As Ohioans make strides to advance Rights of Nature, the people's own state government fights to stop them.
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June 11, 2019
Check out this public presentation on Community Rights in Dallas, Oregon, led by CELDF's community organizer Kai Huschke.
June 13, 2019
Join CELDF community organizer Tish O'Dell and Toledoans for Safe Water Markie Miller for this webinar on what's ahead for the Lake Erie Bill of Rights.
June 29, 2019
Columbus, Ohio's, Comfest hosts a street skit and presentation with Q&A from the Ohio Community Rights Network and CELDF's community organizer Tish O'Dell. Learn more!
As the recognition of Rights of Nature grows globally, we must move beyond thinking of nature as having legal personhood rights. We must recognize rights of ecosystems to existence, regeneration and restoration.
An uninformed, passive public is easy to for the 1% to lead. We must become knowledgeable - not just about what is happening, but how and why. We must take on difficult questions and challenge the status quo if we are going to create a new way of life.
CELDF's Tish O'Dell shares discoveries of her own white privilege when fracking came into her community - and how Dr. Martin Luther King and Black Lives Matter inform her work with communities today
A Problem: Corporations have been granted rights allowing them to wreak havoc in communities for over 200 years.We can stop this. Here's how...
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Water Protectors in Nottingham, NH
Nottingham, NH, residents have stood their ground to protect the Lamprey River Watershed, a water ecosystem supporting innumerable human and natural communities. They are up against water thieves – corporations taking their water against the will of the people.
For over a decade they have enforced their Community Bill of Rights banning corporate water withdrawals. CELDF stands with them.
Lincoln Co, OR, Residents & the Siletz River Challenge the Timber Industry
For decades, Lincoln County, OR, residents and surrounding ecosystems have been subjected to toxic aerially spraying of pesticides by the timber industry.
Today, they’ve had enough. Working with CELDF, they are asserting the rights of the Siletz River, their own rights to clean air and pure water, and – together – they are challenging the timber industry.
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.