How Wealth Rules the World
A newly published book by CELDF's National Organizing Director Ben G. Price on how property rights override human rights - and what communities are doing about it.
Ohio State Government Blocks Rights of Nature
Ohio House of Representatives adopts provisions to block communities and local governments from enforcing recognized legal rights for ecosystems.
DIY Community Rights Guide
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News from the Grassroots
CELDF stands with Youth Climate Strike as they demand systemic change, including legal Rights of Nature.
Lee County, Florida, residents advance a bill of rights for the Caloosahatchee River, joining five other Florida counties advancing similar measures.
The unsurprising truth behind legislation adopted by the Ohio Assembly in an effort to undermine the Rights of Nature movement.
Corporate control runs deep in the Ohio legislature as the big business writes language to stop Rights of Nature enforcement.
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September 13, 2019
CELDF's National Organizing Director Ben Price presents at this public series on the Anthropocene, speaking on "Nature, Property, and Legal Rights." Learn more here!
September 20, 2019 — September 21, 2019
Kitsap, Washington, community members are hosting CELDF's Democracy School. Learn more here!
October 11, 2019 — October 12, 2019
Join us for our newly revised and participatory Democracy School in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Learn more here!
October 18, 2019 — October 19, 2019
Join Lane County, Oregon, residents as they advance Community Rights and Rights of Nature to protect themselves from corporate aerial spraying of pesticides.
October 18, 2019 — October 19, 2019
Fracking and its infrastructure is pervasive in Colorado. Paonia residents are advancing Community Rights and Rights of Nature to protect themselves. 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.