How Wealth Rules the World
A newly published book by CELDF's National Organizing Director Ben G. Price on how property rights override human rights - and what communities are doing about it.
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.
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News from the Grassroots
Blog: Brazil Superior Court calls for paradigm shift to recognize the intrinsic value and rights of nature
Brazil Superior Court is next to advance Rights of Nature, calling for a biocentric legal approach that moves away from human domination.
The City of Toledo takes a stand in court to defend the Lake Erie Bill of Rights.
Ireland residents call for action through a new constitution that includes recognition of the Rights of Nature, placing "human actions in a balanced relationship with the natural world."
Williams County, Ohio, residents are working to protect their county's water source from privatization. Their own government is trying to stop them.
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August 17, 2019 — August 18, 2019
Community members in Duluth, Minnesota, explore Rights of Nature as a mean to protect wild rice and the St. Louis Estuary.
August 30, 2019 — September 2, 2019
CELDF presents at this skills-based retreat weekend on Community Rights, Rights of Nature, and the Lake Erie Bill of Rights. Join us!
October 11, 2019 — October 12, 2019
Join us for our newly revised and participatory Democracy School in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Learn more here!
November 1, 2019
Join us at this conference where CELDF will be speaking on indigenous rights and the Rights of Nature!
NPR covers this story on the growing Rights of Nature movement across the U.S. and around the world. "'e have to change our environmental protection in this country and across the world, because obviously what we're doing isn't working.'"
The federal court’s decision to uphold the Berkeley cellphone radiation disclosure law should not be mistaken for judicial deference to the right of local self-government.
Recognizing legal rights of ecosystems is a growing movement gaining momentum around the world.
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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.