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Business Insider: How Pittsburgh embraced a radical environmental movement popping up in conservative towns across America
Recognizing the rights of nature is a strategy leveraged by communities in partnership with CELDF across the U.S. to protect themselves from fracking harms. The strategy crosses traditional conservative/liberal demarcations.
Yes! Magazine: A New Zealand River Has Human Rights. Now Will Modern Law Come to Its Senses?
Rather than being an idea on the fringes, the rights of nature is gaining legal and cultural traction as courts around the world are beginning to recognize rights of rivers.
Scientific American: Rivers Get Human Rights: They Can Sue to Protect Themselves
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.
Fosters.com: Community Rights Ordinance saved Nottingham’s water
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.
Press Release: Lincoln County, OR, Adopts First-in-Nation Ban of Aerial Pesticide Spray
Lincoln County, OR, residents, facing decades of pesticide use by the timber industry, adopt the first ban of the practice as a violation of environmental and democratic rights.
KBOO: Lincoln County Aerial Spray Ban Passes
Aerial spraying of pesticides is banned by Lincoln County, OR, voters. Residents elevate the rights of communities over corporate “rights” as they protect themselves from the timber industry.
Press Release: Lincoln Co., OR: On Verge of First in Nation Citizen Initiative to Ban Aerial Spray Pesticides
A Community Bill of Rights by the people of Lincoln Co, OR, is just ahead at the polls. Residents are fighting for their democratic and environmental rights to protect themselves from toxic aerial spraying of pesticides.
Press Release: Colombia Constitutional Court Finds Atrato River Possesses Rights
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.
El Heraldo: Rights of Nature granted to the Atrato River in Colombia
A Colombian court recognizes the rights of the Atrato River to exist and flourish, ordering the end of illegal mining and the use of toxins in extracting minerals.
Press Release: Oregon’s Right of Local Self-Government Vindicated
Oregon court protects the people’s right to initiative, rejecting the Secretary of State’s effort to block the people’s rights-based state constitutional amendment from the ballot.