Press Release: Karenna Gore Joins CELDF’s Board of Advisors


Stacey Schmader
Administrative Director

Mercersburg, PA: The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund is pleased to announce that Karenna Gore is joining our Board of Advisors.

Karenna Gore

She is the founding director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, which seeks to bridge the worlds of religion, academia, politics, and culture, discerning and pursuing the changes necessary to stop ecological destruction and create a society that values life.

Prior to founding CEE, she organized the Religions for the Earth Conference, bringing together more than 200 religious and spiritual leaders from around the globe, seeking to reframe climate change as a moral issue, and to address it through faith-based activism.

Ms. Gore was the keynote speaker at the 2017 Rights of Nature Symposium in New Orleans,  co-sponsored by CELDF and Tulane Law School. She also graciously wrote the preface for the CELDF book, Rebelling Against the Corporate State: Forging a Community Rights Movement.

She is the author of Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America, a graduate of Harvard College, Columbia Law School, and Union Theological Seminary, and serves on the boards of the Association to Benefit Children and Riverkeeper. She resides in New York, with her three children.

“We are honored to have Karenna Gore joining our Advisory Board,” says CELDF executive director Thomas Linzey. “She has long been a valiant advocate for conventional Western religious communities to recognize that human life and spirituality is inextricably tied to the health and well-being of Nature as a whole, and that our rights as human beings cannot be detached from Rights of Nature. Her input is greatly valued, as it reminds us to keep seeking solutions that aren’t simply local, but holistic.”

CELDF is a nonprofit, public advocacy law firm that provides free and low cost legal services to local governments and nonprofit organizations fighting to defend communities from environmental degradation. CELDF assists communities in legislative and policy drafting, legal research, and legal defense, as well as education and training. CELDF has assisted over 200 communities across the United States to enact Community Bills of Rights laws that ban dangerous corporate activities, such as fracking and factory hog farms, within their localities. Since the early 2000s, CELDF has also worked with communities across the U.S. and the world to adopt laws recognizing legally enforceable rights for ecosystems and nature.



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