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

8/6/2018: In Columbus, Ohio, where the city is threatened with radioactive frack waste, community members have worked with CELDF since 2014 to advance Community Bills of Rights measures to ban fracking activities. Last month they succeeded, qualifying the measure with more than 12,000 signatures. The citizen initiative codifies democratic and environmental rights, and prohibits gas and oil extraction and related activities as a violation of those rights. Last week, the Columbus City Council approved the measure for the ballot. The next step, expected later this month, is the County Board of Elections’ approval to place it before voters. More info.

8/16/2018: CELDF Partnering With Australian Earth Laws Alliance to Secure Rights of Nature for the Great Barrier Reef: The Great Barrier Reef is being devastated by human activities. In response, and as part of the growing Rights of Nature movement, the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) launched its campaign yesterday in partnership with CELDF to recognize the rights of the Great Barrier Reef. More info.

Check out other CELDF happenings on their events page!