Federal Court Sanctions Lawyers
Attorneys defending Grant Township, PA's, right to say no to fracking are sanctioned in federal court.
Rolling Stone Magazine
Check out CELDF & Grant Twp, PA, in "The Rights of Nature Movement Goes on Trial," 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.
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.
News from the Grassroots
Lafayette, CO, residents are unrelenting in their determination to protect their community from fracking harms. At City Council, they insist on enforcement of their Climate Bill of Rights and urge adoption of a non-violent direct action amendment.
Integrating art with the environmental movement, the 2018 National Water Dance will take place across the U.S. on April 14th. Core Dance is partnering with CELDF and other organizations to build alliances and protect water.
The Mahoning County, OH, Board of Elections blocks a duly qualified Community Bill of Rights initiative from the ballot in Youngstown. CELDF assists residents to file a lawsuit with the Ohio Supreme Court.
Community members in Lafayette, CO, rally behind an amendment to their Climate Bill of Rights that would legalize non-violent civil disobedience if necessary to stop fracking harms.
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March 1, 2018 — March 4, 2018
Join CELDF's Mari Margil at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, OR, discussing Rights of Nature!
Symposium: 50 Years of the Indian Civil Rights Act: Protection and Denial of the Civil Rights of Native AmericansMarch 4, 2018
As a small minority group in America, Native Americans have been left out of civil rights discussions in this country, both historically and in modern times. Join us in this conference as CELDF brings the Rights of Nature into indigenous civil rights.
March 5, 2018
Lafayette, CO, community members and City Council host a Town Hall Meeting with CELDF's Thomas Linzey, exploring the organizing and legal strategies to support and defend the people's Climate Bill of Rights banning fracking.
March 26, 2018
Join the New Hampshire Community Rights Network (NHCRN) and Oak & Ivy folk trio for this fun event!
April 14, 2018
Join Core Dance and CELDF for the 3rd National Water Dance. Art and environmental protection join together to in this event to replenish life in the ocean, curb the ongoing devastation of our planet, and ask forgiveness for the damage done.
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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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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.