We The People 2.0 - The Film
Cathy Miorelli's Story: "I’d rather get sued than do nothing while my kids and my community were poisoned."
CELDF & Grant Twp, PA, featured in Rolling Stone: "How a small town is standing up to fracking." Help us support communities like Grant Twp!
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
Rights of nature has shifted from theory to practice over the last decade, being realized in legal doctrines in U.S. communities and in countries around the world.
Our communities are threatened by unwanted development, and our democracy is in crisis. This is what we can do: join together and protect ourselves and the places we live using community rights.
Lincoln County, OR, residents recently adopted the nation's first countywide ban on aerially-sprayed pesticides. They're celebrating their win - and preparing to defend their law as it is challenged by industry.
Changing our relationship with nature in part means changing our language. It means shifting away from talking about nature as an object, to recognizing nature as alive - and how we are in relationship.
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June 3, 2017 — June 4, 2017
Join CELDF's Tish O'Dell and Ohio attorney Terry Lodge at the National Lawyers Guild Mideast Conference to learn about the legal barriers that contain our activism, and what communities are doing about it!
June 4, 2017
Check out this screening of We the People 2.0 - The Second American Revolution in Waynesboro, VA on June 4th!
September 29, 2017 — September 30, 2017
Sonoma County, CA, residents are organizing to protect their community and ecosystems from unsustainable development. Join them in Democracy School, September 29th - 30th.
October 27, 2017
CELDF's International Center for the Rights of Nature is joining with the Myrin Institute and the Tulane University Law School to hold the first U.S. Rights of Nature Symposium on October 27th. Save the date!
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The 1% drive for a constitutional convention, advancing their own corporate interests. But we don't need a convention. We need a whole new constitution.
Reversing course from mainstream views of nature as property, Colombia's Constitutional Court finds the Atrato River is a rights-bearing entity - a necessary step to protect life on earth.
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.
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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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 states is placing people’s environmental and democratic rights in their cross-hairs.
These communities aren’t blinking.
Sign Up Now to Support Youngstown, OH, Fighting for Community Rights
Youngstown, OH, residents, like many communities across the U.S., live under a structure of law and governance that favors big business exploitation and profits over the democratic and environmental rights of communities. With the oil and gas industry and their own local government working against them, the Youngstown community refuses to give up.
Sign up now to show support for their uncompromising commitment to protect their community.