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!
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News from the Grassroots
A landmark legislative session was held this winter in New Hampshire. It marked the first time a Community Rights state constitutional amendment was debated and voted on by a state House of Representatives.
PGE continues to harass Grant Township, a small community in rural Pennsylvania, by attempting to force the Township to pay attorney's fees. Grant residents are protecting their water by fighting PGE's proposed fracking wastewater injection well.
CELDF attorneys arguing the inalienable and constitutional rights of Grant Township, PA, residents to local community self-government are sanctioned for daring to do so.
On May 16, 2018, CELDF's Mari Margil, Associate Director and leader of our International Center for the Rights of Nature, presented at the PPT on fracking as a violation of the Rights of Nature and the human right to a healthy environment.
Colorado's Merrily Mazza
Oregon Community Rights Tour
on Fracking and Pesticides
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May 6, 2018 — May 20, 2018
CELDF's Thomas Linzey spoke at the Earth at Risk conference in 2014. Link TV streams his keynote annually. Check out the schedule for May 2018!
May 14, 2018 — May 18, 2018
CELDF is participating in the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change. Judges will be asked to consider Rights of Nature, and apply the standards of international human rights law. Join us!
May 20, 2018
Check out We the People 2.0: The Second American Revolution in Staunton, VA.
May 22, 2018 — May 24, 2018
Colorado local elected councilwoman Merrily Mazza is leading the Community Rights movement in Colorado, and brings her experience and inspiration to Oregon communities fighting pesticides and pipelines. Join us!
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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.