Rights of Nature: 2016 Highlights and Looking Ahead 2017

CELDF’s work is expanding in the U.S. and abroad on the Rights of Nature. Below find key highlights from 2016 and our plans for 2017.

CELDF launched its International Center for the Rights of Nature.  The Center is working with activists, organizations, and governments around the world to advance Rights of Nature frameworks.

Communities in New Hampshire, Ohio, and Pennsylvania partnered with CELDF to develop new local laws codifying the Rights of Nature.  As our work grows, communities in Oregon and other states are preparing now to advance measures to the ballot in 2017.

CELDF’s legal team defended the Rights of Nature in court against a corporation seeking to inject frack waste in Highland Township, Pennsylvania.  This month, briefs are being filed in the case in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the Crystal Spring Watershed.

CELDF partnered with members of the Ho-Chunk Nation in Wisconsin to draft a Rights of Nature tribal constitutional amendment.  The amendment was approved by the General Council and will be voted on by the full Ho-Chunk membership in 2017.  This is the first tribal nation to take this critical step.

We assisted members of the Green Party of England and Wales to draft a Rights of Nature policy, which was adopted as part of the party’s national platform.

In India, CELDF is partnering with Ganga Action Parivar and the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance to advance the National Ganga River Rights Act, which is being presented to India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.

We also traveled to Nepal, meeting with mountaineers, parliamentarians, and environmentalists to advance a Rights of Nature constitutional amendment.

In October, CELDF’s Mari Margil gave a plenary talk at the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Conference: Indigenous Wisdom and Rights of Nature held at Viterbo University.

Mari and Thomas Linzey gave a joint plenary at the 2016 Bioneers Conference – their talk was titled Occupy the Law: The Movement for Community Rights and the Rights of Nature.

We recently gave a seminar for activists in Sweden on the Rights of Nature, and will be keynoting at the Earth Rights Conference in Sigtuna, Sweden, in April 2017.  In addition, CELDF will be participating in the Tulane Environmental Law & Policy Summit being held in March 2017.

Our work with communities in the United States and globally to grow the Rights of Nature is only possible with your support.  Please make your contribution today!

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