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Oct 10, 2019

Common Dreams: The Rights of Nature

Common Dreams: The Rights of Nature

“The Rights of Nature movement…is about ushering humanity back onto a living planet.”

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Oct 8, 2019

Media Release: Rights of Nature Constitutional Amendment Introduced in Sweden’s Parliament

Media Release: Rights of Nature Constitutional Amendment Introduced in Sweden’s Parliament

A representative in Sweden’s Parliament introduces Rights of Nature legislation – the first time a European national government considers the rights of ecosystems.

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Sep 30, 2019

Press Release: Ohio Courts Continue Attack on Local Democracy and Rights of Nature, Petitioners Seek Federal Remedies

Press Release: Ohio Courts Continue Attack on Local Democracy and Rights of Nature, Petitioners Seek Federal Remedies

Williams County, Ohio, residents submit request to join a multi-plaintiff federal civil rights lawsuit against state of Ohio as they continue to be blocked from the ballot.

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Sep 14, 2019

Truthout: Legislators’ Secretive Maneuvers Undermine Rights of Nature in Ohio

Truthout: Legislators’ Secretive Maneuvers Undermine Rights of Nature in Ohio

The unsurprising truth behind legislation adopted by the Ohio Assembly in an effort to undermine the Rights of Nature movement.

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Sep 6, 2019

Blog: It’s Time: Rights of Nature in the UK.

Blog: It’s Time: Rights of Nature in the UK.

As we begin a sixth mass extinction, we must act now to change our trajectory. In this guest blog, Susan Shaw urges the UK to embrace Rights of Nature to propel us forward.

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Sep 5, 2019

Concord Monitor: My Turn: The rights of nature

Concord Monitor: My Turn: The rights of nature

This New Hampshire resident urges continued recognition of nature’s rights to end the insane ravaging of Earth’s ecosystem.

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Aug 29, 2019

Media Release: EXPOSED: Chamber of Commerce Wrote Ohio Law Banning Rights of Nature Enforcement

Media Release: EXPOSED: Chamber of Commerce Wrote Ohio Law Banning Rights of Nature Enforcement

Investigation by Ohio citizens finds the Ohio Chamber of Commerce drafted Ohio legislation language to stop Rights of Nature enforcement.

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Aug 22, 2019

Think32: Uniting Behind the Rights of Nature, the Rights of Ireland

Think32: Uniting Behind the Rights of Nature, the Rights of Ireland

Amidst calls for a new Irish Constitution are calls to recognize the Rights of Nature, changing how humankind and nature are in relationship, and how we protect nature under law.

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Jul 22, 2019

Lake Erie Advocates’ Media Statement: Ohio Legislature Attacks Rights of Nature, Protects Polluters in Budget Bill

Lake Erie Advocates’ Media Statement: Ohio Legislature Attacks Rights of Nature, Protects Polluters in Budget Bill

Community groups release joint statement revealing not only the Ohio legislature’s efforts to stop Rights of Nature, but also expanding protections of industrial agricultural operations.

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Jul 18, 2019

Media Release: Ohio Legislature Bans Rights of Nature Enforcement

Media Release: Ohio Legislature Bans Rights of Nature Enforcement

While Rights of Nature grows in Ohio, the state legislature tries to ban its enforcement. Undeterred, Ohio communities continue advancing laws to protect ecosystems based on rights.

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Jul 16, 2019

WGCU: The Rights of Nature Movement Comes to Lee County

WGCU: The Rights of Nature Movement Comes to Lee County

CELDF co-founder Thomas Linzey on the growing Rights of Nature movement as the people of Lee County, Florida, look to recognize the rights of the Caloosahatchee River.

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Jun 27, 2019

Media Release:  Anti-Rights of Nature Language Snuck into Ohio State Budget Bill

Media Release: Anti-Rights of Nature Language Snuck into Ohio State Budget Bill

State of Ohio inserts anti-Rights of Nature language in the budget bill. In an era of climate crisis and growing efforts to advance ecosystem rights, Ohio government is on the wrong side of history.

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Jun 16, 2019

Blanca Livier Blog: Colima makes history: They recognize the Rights of Nature in the Constitution

Blanca Livier Blog: Colima makes history: They recognize the Rights of Nature in the Constitution

The State of Colima in Mexico recognizes the Rights of Nature in its constitution.

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Jun 14, 2019

Ecologist: Ohio state government attacks Rights of Nature

Ecologist: Ohio state government attacks Rights of Nature

CELDF’s community organizer Tish O’Dell on what it takes to protect Lake Erie and Rights of Nature as the state of Ohio attacks both.

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May 28, 2019

Press Release: Multi-Prong Attack by State of Ohio Against Rights of Nature

Press Release: Multi-Prong Attack by State of Ohio Against Rights of Nature

Ohio Attorney General files complaint to overturn Lake Erie Bill of Rights on behalf of industry, arguing there is a right to pollute.

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May 9, 2019

Media Statement: The First State in U.S. History Has Mentioned Legal Rights of Nature

Media Statement: The First State in U.S. History Has Mentioned Legal Rights of Nature

Today, the Ohio House adopts provisions to block communities and local governments from enforcing recognized legal rights for ecosystems.

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Feb 6, 2019

Press Release: White Earth Band Enacts First-of-its-Kind Rights of Nature Law

Press Release: White Earth Band Enacts First-of-its-Kind Rights of Nature Law

CELDF assisted Honor the Earth to develop the first Rights of Nature law to protect a plant species, which was adopted by the White Earth Band of Ojibwe.

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Jan 12, 2019

The Blade: Recognizing the rights of nature

The Blade: Recognizing the rights of nature

CELDF’s Australian partners champion the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, understanding the Great Lake – like the Great Barrier Reef – must be recognized as having the right to exist and flourish. CELDF is working with both groups to advance those rights.

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Jan 9, 2019

National Lawyers Guild Incorporates Rights of Nature into Constitution

National Lawyers Guild Incorporates Rights of Nature into Constitution

The National Lawyers Guild overwhelmingly adopts Rights of Nature in its constitution.

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Jan 2, 2019

KNKX: ‘Rights of nature’ movement expands locally to help protect endangered orcas, Salish Sea

KNKX: ‘Rights of nature’ movement expands locally to help protect endangered orcas, Salish Sea

Communities along the Salish Sea are organizing to advance the Sea’s rights to exist and flourish, free from toxic and other harms.

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Sep 21, 2018

Blog: A Decade of Legality: Rights of Nature Coming of Age

Blog: A Decade of Legality: Rights of Nature Coming of Age

CELDF assisted Ecuador’s Constitutional Assembly to draft Rights of Nature provisions for their Constitution. The Ecuadorian people adopted the Constitution overwhelmingly by popular vote. Now, we celebrate the 10 year anniversary, and the growing Rights of Nature movement.

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Sep 17, 2018

Press Release: Ho-Chunk Nation General Council Approves Rights of Nature Constitutional Amendment

Press Release: Ho-Chunk Nation General Council Approves Rights of Nature Constitutional Amendment

The General Council of the Ho-Chunk Nation votes overwhelmingly in support of a Rights of Nature constitutional amendment.

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Sep 9, 2018

WGRZ.com: Nature’s Law: The Rights of Nature to Exist

WGRZ.com: Nature’s Law: The Rights of Nature to Exist

CELDF is working with communities across the U.S. and around the world to advance the Rights of Nature – and the movement is growing.

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Apr 30, 2018

5280 Denver’s Mile High Magazine: Colorado Sits at the Center of the Rights of Nature Debate

5280 Denver’s Mile High Magazine: Colorado Sits at the Center of the Rights of Nature Debate

Rights of Nature builds momentum in Colorado – from efforts to advance rights for the Colorado River, to rights for Boulder County’s forests and grasslands.

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Apr 10, 2018

Oxford Human Rights Hub: RightsUp #RightNow – When Human Rights Are Not Enough: Defending the Rights of Nature

Oxford Human Rights Hub: RightsUp #RightNow – When Human Rights Are Not Enough: Defending the Rights of Nature

Human rights to a healthy environment are gaining recognition – and today, the rights of nature are growing as well. Here, CELDF’s Mari Margil speaks to how recognizing ecosystem rights is central to tackling environmental degradation.

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Feb 28, 2018

Press Release: International Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Oregon Community Rights, Rights of Nature Advocate

Press Release: International Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Oregon Community Rights, Rights of Nature Advocate

Community Rights supporter Carol Van Strum receives the International Lifetime Achievement Award Presented at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, OR.

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Jan 10, 2018

Rolling Stone: The Rights of Nature Movement Goes on Trial

Rolling Stone: The Rights of Nature Movement Goes on Trial

The people of Grant Township, PA, are fiercely defending their right to clean air and water. A federal judge sanctions two attorneys for standing with Grant and fighting for their rights.

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Dec 20, 2017

Press Release: First Rights of Nature Easement Established in Hawaii

Press Release: First Rights of Nature Easement Established in Hawaii

As part of the growing Rights of Nature movement, the first conservation easement in Hawaii recognizing the Rights of Nature now protects 8 acres of land on the island of Kaua’i.

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Dec 7, 2017

San Diego Free Press: Time to Escalate? First-Ever Rights of Nature Lawsuit Dismissed

San Diego Free Press: Time to Escalate? First-Ever Rights of Nature Lawsuit Dismissed

Will Falk, as a “next friend” in the recently dismissed Colorado River v. State of Colorado lawsuit, examines the reality of our legal system – designed to protect property, not people or nature.

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Dec 4, 2017

Rights of Nature – 2017 Symposium and Building a Movement

Rights of Nature – 2017 Symposium and Building a Movement

CELDF is leading the Rights of Nature movement, working with communities to change our trajectory and establish the sustainable communities so many envision.

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Oct 22, 2017

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Plaintiff Coyote: Group helps communities put rights of nature into law

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Plaintiff Coyote: Group helps communities put rights of nature into law

This is what we need to do, given the global environmental crisis we face and the legal structure that created it: dismantle existing law and build something new.

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Sep 28, 2017

Boulder Weekly: Rights of nature lawsuit seeks personhood for the Colorado River

Boulder Weekly: Rights of nature lawsuit seeks personhood for the Colorado River

In a groundbreaking lawsuit, the rights of nature is used as a new legal paradigm to protect the Colorado River.

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Sep 1, 2017

Rights of Nature Symposium

Rights of Nature Symposium

In October 2017, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), with its International Center for the Rights of Nature, partnered with Tulane Law School to host the Rights of Nature Symposium: Driving Rights of Nature into Law – Opportunities, Risks, and Obstacles. The Symposium brought together key leaders in the Rights of Nature movement –… Read more »

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May 3, 2017

El Heraldo: Rights of Nature granted to the Atrato River in Colombia

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.

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Feb 16, 2017

Bioneers: Bioneers Partners with CELDF on Rights of Nature in Indigenous Communities

Bioneers: Bioneers Partners with CELDF on Rights of Nature in Indigenous Communities

Where indigenous communities seek a western legal framework to protect Rights of Nature, CELDF and Bioneers are working together to support them.

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Nov 9, 2016

Rights of Nature: Timeline

Rights of Nature: Timeline

At CELDF, we recognize that Rights of Nature is a concept deeply rooted in traditional indigenous knowledge. This timeline reflects an evolution of western law and philosophy informed by an indigenous worldview as well as indigenous led-efforts around the world. Below are key moments in the development of the movement for the Rights of Nature:… Read more »

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Nov 9, 2016

Rights of Nature: FAQs

Rights of Nature: FAQs

What do we mean when we say that nature has rights? Under the current system of law in almost every country, nature is considered to be property. Something that is considered property confers upon the property owner the right to damage or destroy it. Thus, those who “own” wetlands, forestland, and other ecosystems and natural… Read more »

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Nov 9, 2016

Rights of Nature: Resources

Rights of Nature: Resources

CELDF’s International Center for the Rights of Nature is partnering with civil society organizations, indigenous peoples, communities, and governments around the world to advance the Rights of Nature. Our Center’s services include legislative and policy drafting, legal research, public engagement, and trainings. Keep reading to learn more or contact us at info@celdf.org. Advancing the Rights of… Read more »

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Oct 7, 2016

Movement Rights Blog: Ponca Nation Considers Rights of Nature Fracking & Injection Ban

Movement Rights Blog: Ponca Nation Considers Rights of Nature Fracking & Injection Ban

As the corporate state continues to support fracking activities, the Ponka Nation vows to protect the land and people from harm using Rights of Nature and banning fracking waste injection wells.

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Oct 4, 2016

In These Times: Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin Becomes First to Add Rights of Nature to Tribal Constitution

In These Times: Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin Becomes First to Add Rights of Nature to Tribal Constitution

Recognizing the Rights of Nature in law is a growing strategy used by indigenous and non-indigenous communities across the U.S. and internationally to protect communities from environmental harm. The Ho-Chunk Nation is the first tribal nation to vote on amending their constitution with the Rights of Nature.

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Sep 18, 2016

Press Release: Ho-Chunk Nation General Council Approves Rights of Nature Constitutional Amendment

Press Release: Ho-Chunk Nation General Council Approves Rights of Nature Constitutional Amendment

The General Council of the Ho-Chunk Nation votes overwhelmingly to amend their tribal constitution to enshrine the Rights of Nature – the first tribal nation in the United States to take this critical step. A vote of the full membership will follow.

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Sep 13, 2016

Energy Wire: ‘Rights of nature’ heads back to federal court

Energy Wire: ‘Rights of nature’ heads back to federal court

Highland Township, PA, residents work with CELDF to push for the recognition of the Rights of Nature in the 3rd Circuit Court.

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Mar 21, 2016

Rights of Nature FAQs

Rights of Nature FAQs

What does “Rights of Nature” mean, and why do need them? Understand Rights of Nature with these FAQs.

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Feb 29, 2016

Green Party of England and Wales Adopts Rights of Nature Policy:  CELDF Assisted in Drafting New Rights-Based Plank

Green Party of England and Wales Adopts Rights of Nature Policy: CELDF Assisted in Drafting New Rights-Based Plank

CELDF assists the Green Party of England and Wales to draft a Rights of Nature policy platform, which was adopted by the Party on Sunday. The policy calls for the recognition of the rights of nature to exist and flourish.

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Feb 28, 2016

Green Party of England and Wales’ Rights of Nature Policy

Green Party of England and Wales’ Rights of Nature Policy

On February 28th, the Green Party of England and Wales adopted a Rights of Nature policy, drafted in partnership with CELDF. Read the language here.

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Aug 4, 2015

Champion the Rights of Nature

Champion the Rights of Nature

CELDF is pioneering the work for rights of ecosystems – or the “rights of nature” – working with communities and states across the U.S., and in countries around the world, to develop rights-based legal frameworks to protect the environment.

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Jul 20, 2015

The Rights of Nature & Self-Governance – San Andres Archipelago, Colombia

The Rights of Nature & Self-Governance – San Andres Archipelago, Colombia

The Raizal people of the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia, and Santa Catalina off the coast of Colombia work with CELDF to recognize the Rights of Nature and to achieve their right to self-determination. CELDF travels to the Archipelago this month. Learn more here.

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Jul 14, 2015

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Funds CELDF’s Work to Advance Rights to Local, Democratic Self-Governance and Rights of Nature

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Funds CELDF’s Work to Advance Rights to Local, Democratic Self-Governance and Rights of Nature

CELDF receives support from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

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