With a variety of books, videos, and other resources, you will be able to examine and understand why our law and our culture seems to elevate property and commerce over people, communities, and nature. 

We’ll continually update our resources with books, brochures, legal briefs, and CELDF papers. 


PIELC 2013 Keynote Address by Thomas Linzey of CELDF

Thomas Linzey – Be The Change – How to get what you want from your community


bethechangeBe the Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community
by Thomas Linzey and Anneke Campbell, 2009

A revolutionary handbook that shows everyday citizens how to stand up and take control of their local governments. With assistance from the cutting-edge methodology of his Democracy School, this book will teach you how to achieve true self-governance and help provide ecosystems with the inalienable right to exist and flourish.

“Help! I’ve Been Colonized and I Can’t Get Up!”
by Jane Anne Morris – http://www.poclad.org/BWA/2005/BWA_2005_FEB.html

Morris gives an overview of Constitutional obstacles that face those of us in the US seeking to fashion a sustainable world.

She explains how the US Constitution most often and most effectively has been used to protect corporate persons — corporations not  human beings.

The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth
by Council of Canadians, Global Exchange & Fundacion Pachamama

This revolutionary new book reveals the path of a movement that is driving the cultural and legal shift that is necessary to transform our human relationship with nature away from being property-based and towards a rights-based model of balance. The book gathers the unique wisdom of indigenous cultures, scientists, environmental activists, lawyers, and small farmers to make a case for how and why humans must work to change our current structures of law to recognize that nature has inherent rights.

CELDFs Community Rights Papers

Community Rights Paper #1
The Spirit of ‘73 and the Right to Local Self-Government

Community Rights Paper #2
A Celebration of NIMBY – “Not in my backyard . . . not in ANY backyard!”

Community Rights Paper #3
Firing Big Green

Community Rights Paper #4
American Independence and the Community Rights Movement

Community Rights Paper #5
The Fickleness of Democracy – The Empty Barricades of Citizens United

Community Rights Paper #6
The myth of Community Rights – Why recent community victories in New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Kentucky over fracking haven’t changed the fundamental relationship between corporations and communities.

Community Rights Paper #7
Why Corporate “Rights” Matter