Federal Court Sanctions Lawyers
Attorneys defending Grant Township, PA's, right to say no to fracking are sanctioned in federal court.
Rights of Nature
CELDF is pioneering the advancement of rights of ecosystems, working globally to develop rights-based legal frameworks to protect the environment.
Residents fight for right to climate
When Lafayette, CO, City Council attempted to legalize drilling, community members took the meeting over. Check out the footage here.
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
An Italian interview with CELDF's leader of our International Center for the Rights of Nature, Mari Margil.
Karenna Gore joins CELDF's Board of Advisors!
CELDF's Australian partners champion the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, understanding the Great Lake - like the Great Barrier Reef - must be recognized as having the right to exist and flourish. CELDF is working with both groups to advance those rights.
The National Lawyers Guild overwhelmingly adopts Rights of Nature in its constitution.
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January 17, 2019
Join CELDF's Ohio organizer Tish O'Dell to explore, "How do we flip a legal system to represent people and nature instead of property and wealth?"
January 20, 2019
Learn more about the Lake Erie Bill of Rights at the Cleveland Boat Show. Join us!
January 31, 2019
A pre-screening of Invisible Hand is part of education and organizing efforts for residents in Elizabeth, PA. CELDF's Chad Nicholson will be part of a Q&A following the film.
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.