We The People 2.0 - The Film
Cathy Miorelli's Story: "I’d rather get sued than do nothing while my kids and my community were poisoned."
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!
Rights of Nature
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.
News from the Grassroots
For a 3rd year, Athens County, OH, residents fight to protect themselves from fracking activities through a rights-based Home Rule charter. They continue to come up against the corporate state blocking them.
As the Siletz River Ecosystem is being destroyed by aerial sprayed pesticides, the river is taking legal action to protect itself, using a community rights ordinance adopted by Linconl Co, OR, voters.
Nature's rights are necessary to protect local ecosystems, and the Siletz River in Lincoln County, OR, is filing to intervene in a lawsuit to make that argument.
The Siletz River watershed in Lincoln County, OR, files to intervene in a case to protect itself against aerially sprayed pesticides. The practice was banned by county residents in May.
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August 22, 2017
Brattleboro, VT, residents host a screening of We the People 2.0 as they explore Community Rights to protect themselves from environmental harms.
September 10, 2017
Vermont residents face a range of harmful corporate activities, and are working to stop them. Join us for the Community Rights Awareness Workshop!
September 29, 2017 — September 30, 2017
Sonoma County, CA, residents are organizing to protect their community and ecosystems from unsustainable development. Join them in Democracy School, September 29th - 30th.
October 13, 2017 — October 14, 2017
Nottingham and Barrington, NH, team up to host Democracy School as they fight to protect their communities from corporate water withdrawals for resale. Check it out here!
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.
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The 1% drive for a constitutional convention, advancing their own corporate interests. But we don't need a convention. We need a whole new constitution.
Reversing course from mainstream views of nature as property, Colombia's Constitutional Court finds the Atrato River is a rights-bearing entity - a necessary step to protect life on earth.
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.