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.
How Wealth Rules the World
Book Release May 21st from CELDF National Organizing Director, Ben Price. Learn how the "rights of property' undermine the rights of people - and what communities are doing about it.
Rights of Nature
CELDF is spearheading the Rights of Nature movement, working globally to develop rights-based legal frameworks to protect the environment.
We help communities and groups like yours.
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
The oil and gas industry tried to quash the Lake Erie Bill of Rights at the ballot. The agriculture industry is trying to quash it in court. CELDF is crowdfunding as we represent Lake Erie and Toledo community members to protect the Lake's rights.
The Editorial Board of the Toledo Blade calls out the irony of Houston-based BP Corporation funding the anti-Lake Erie Bill of Rights campaign, which attacked the citizen initiative as led by "outside influencers."
The Rights of Nature movement is underway and growing - and there is no time to lose. Learn about this new legal paradigm and how it's transforming our relationship with nature.
Toledoans for Safe Water: Campaign Finance Report Sheds Light on Corrupt Corporate Influence Against the Lake Erie Bill of Rights
BP Corporation was the sole monetary donor behind the campaign to quash the Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR). The measure won with 61% of the vote.
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April 26, 2019 — April 27, 2019
Join CELDF's New England organizer Michelle Sanborn in Vermont to learn about using Community Rights and Rights of Nature to protect communities and drive state level change.
April 28, 2019
What does environmentalism mean in an age of climate emergency - and what do we do when acceptable forms of dissent are not working? Join First Nation water protector Waniya Locke and CELDF's Thomas Linzey at this event.
April 28, 2019
Belfast, Maine, residents host a screening of Invisible Hand, a documentary on Rights of Nature. CELDF's New England organizer Michelle Sanborn joins for a Q & A. Learn more here!
April 29, 2019
Join us in Maine as we explore the barriers to sustainability, and what communities can do about it, through this empowering workshop.
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.