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Comm. Rights

The work of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)

On October 27, 2017, CELDF and its partners at Tulane Law School in New Orleans held the first Rights of Nature conference. We were joined by Rights of Nature practitioners from Ecuador, Nepal, Australia, and elsewhere.

In Oregon, the Siletz River Watershed filed to intervene in a lawsuit to defend its rights – the 3rd ecosystem in the U.S. to do so. The timber industry is suing to overturn a Community Bill of Rights adopted by Lincoln County residents that bans aerial sprayed pesticides and recognizes the Rights of Nature. CELDF is representing the watershed.

And in Ohio, while Bowling Green residents submit petitions to place the first right to climate measure in the state on the November ballot, elsewhere, government again attempts to stifle the people’s right to initiative. Boards of Elections in Medina and Athens Counties are blocking qualified measures. Residents are fighting back.

More information coming soon!

Check out other CELDF happenings on their events page!