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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.
The Guardian: Now rivers have the same legal status as people, we must uphold their rights
What does it mean for rivers’ rights to be recognized, and how is it changing our relationship with nature? CELDF’s Mari Margil co-authors this exploration in The Guardian.
Earth Island Journal: When Rivers Hold Legal Rights
The first steps towards recognizing the rights of rivers to exist and flourish are taken in New Zealand and India, advancing the growing movement to recognize the rights of nature.
The Christian Science Monitor: An Indian court says glaciers and rivers are ‘living entities.’ Could the same approach work in the US?
From India, Ecuador, and Bolivia, to communities in the U.S., growing numbers of people are advancing nature’s rights and protecting ecosystems.
PR: First Right to Climate Law Passes in Colorado
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.
PR: India Court Declares “Personhood” of Glaciers and Ecosystems
The High Court of Uttarakhand at Naintal in northern India issues a ruling declaring that glaciers and ecosystems have the rights of persons.
PR: India Court Declares Personhood for Ganga and Yumana Rivers
This week the High Court of Uttarakhand, a state in India, recognized the personhood rights of the River Ganga and River Yumana – a step towards recognizing the rights of nature to exist and flourish.