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Press Release: Colorado River v. State of Colorado: In a First-in-the-Nation Federal Lawsuit, River Seeks Recognition of its Legal Rights to Exist, Restoration
For the first time in the U.S., a river and its ecosystem file a federal lawsuit for recognition of rights to exist, flourish, and restoration. CELDF is serving as a legal advisor in the case.
BG Independent News: Pipeline petition cleared to appear on BG ballot
The Wood County, OH, Board of Elections supports Bowling Green residents’ right to vote, placing the people’s right to climate initiative on the November ballot.
Sentinel-Tribune: Bowling Green charter amendment will appear on November ballot
Bowling Green, OH, residents’ community rights citizen initiative to codify a right to climate advances to the November ballot.
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.