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.
News from the Grassroots
Press Release: Ohio Residents Fight for Rights: Submit State Constitutional Amendments to Guarantee Right to Local Self-Government
Today, residents take action to protect democratic and environmental rights in Ohio, submitting two state constitutional amendments to the Ohio Attorney General.
Residents urge New Hampshire legislators to place a Community Rights state constitutional amendment on the ballot for voters.
Press Release: As Part of Growing Community Rights Movement, New Hampshire Legislators Considers State Constitutional Amendment
The NH Community Rights Network and residents successfully introduce a rights-based state constitutional amendment to the NH legislature with Representative Ellen Read as a sponsor.
Coos Bay Estuary on the coast of Oregon files to intervene in FERC proceedings. Coos Bay is threatened by a massive LNG export terminal and a pipeline.
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November 3, 2017 — November 4, 2017
Asheville, NC, residents host Democracy School as they organize to stop fracked gas infrastructure projects. Learn more here!
November 3, 2017 — November 4, 2017
Bellingham and Whatcom County, WA, residents are exploring Community Rights to protect the Salish Sea from environmental harms. Check out Democracy School coming up November 3rd - 4th!
November 9, 2017
Sewickley, PA, residents face a proposed cracker plant threatening clean air, water, and way of life. Join them for a showing of We the People 2.0, to learn about Community Rights.
November 13, 2017
Broadview Heights, OH, residents have fought the oil and gas industry for years. Join them for a showing of We the People 2.0 as they continue their grassroots organizing!
December 1, 2017 — December 2, 2017
Join CELDF's Chad Nicholson and Community Rights activists on the ground in Wallingford, PA, for this workshop. Learn how corporate rights are the law of the land, and what communities are doing about it.
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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.