Entries of interest tagged with: rights of nature

CELDF 11-5-14 Election Update: Community Rights Fracking Bans

From: Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CEDLF), 11-5-14: Election results are in for our communities – please join us in celebrating the following wins for Community Rights: ATHENS, OH: With 78% of the vote, Athens, OH, residents overwhelmingly adopted a … more

PA Judge: Corporations Are Not “Persons”

A New Civil Rights Movement: Liberating Our Communities from Corporate Control Pennsylvania judge holds that corporations are not “persons” under the Pennsylvania Constitution By Thomas Alan Linzey, Esq., Executive Director, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund March 28, 2013—To protect small … more

Community Bill of Rights Strategy

From CELDF, 11/8/12: Three communities banned shale gas drilling and fracking on Election Day, Nov 6, 2012, adopting Community Bill of Rights charter amendments. Mansfield and Broadview Heights, OH, and Ferguson Township, PA, asserted their rights to clean air and … more

Boksenbaum: ‘Strategies for Change’

Three recent newsletters discuss their organization’s perspectives on how to bring about change. One talks about nonviolent direct action, another about securing rights via home rule charters and constitutions, and the third about achieving change goals via the development of … more

Chambersburg Declaration & Community Rights Networking

Alliance Resolution in Support of the Chambersburg Declaration and the Community Rights Work of CELDF The Steering Committee of the Alliance for Sustainable Communities-Lehigh Valley endorses the Chambersburg Declaration of February 20, 2010 and the community rights work of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund … more

Rights of Nature | Rights of Mother Earth

The ‘rights of nature’ concept recognizes that the natural systems have a right to exist, and that these rights may be superior to the commerce and property rights of humans; unfortunately this concept is only now becoming more widely appreciated. … more

Rights of Nature

As the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) points out in discussing its “Rights of Nature” work, environmental laws “regulating how much pollution or destruction of nature can occur under law”, are actually permitting the environmental harms to occur. CELDF’s approach takes … more

Sustainability & Public Health

Let’s look at sustainability in terms of how our practices affect human health, both immediately and over the long term.  Whether we call them health problems or environmental problems, though, the prescription for corrective actions is almost identical.  The health lens is … more

Communities Claim Their Rights

Many communities have found that that state laws bar municipalities from taking actions stronger than whatever standards may be set by the state—even when those standards are nowhere near adequate to protect public health.  Communities in PA & other states are taking action … more