Rights of Nature

The New Legal Threat to Environmental Attorneys: Sanctions from Judges and Attorneys General
Local Self-Governance, National News, Rights of Nature

The New Legal Threat to Environmental Attorneys: Sanctions from Judges and Attorneys General

Oil and gas companies are moving beyond simply filing lawsuits against municipalities that pass ordinances banning drilling and other types of industrial activity. In recent months, the energy industry, along with a state attorney general, has started going after the lawyers who are using novel legal arguments to protect small towns […]

Suspended Algae in Lake Erie
Article, Colorado, Local Self-Governance, National News, Ohio, Rights of Nature

Protecting Lake Erie’s Right to Exist with the Lake Erie Bill of Rights

Tom Groover has an INCREDIBLE conversation with grassroots activists Markie Miller and Will Falk about recognizing and protecting the Rights of Nature through local law-making as a legal solution to a fixed governmental/corporate state system. This fixed system places corporate privilege to pillage and pollute over the rights of nature […]

Time to Escalate? First-Ever Rights of Nature Lawsuit Dismissed
Article, Colorado, Extraction, Factory Farms, Local News, National News, Rights of Nature

Time to Escalate? First-Ever Rights of Nature Lawsuit Dismissed

Our Interview with Will Falk: Will’s Article Republished from San Diego Free Press: Our first-in-the-nation lawsuit seeking personhood for the Colorado River was dismissed. After the Colorado Attorney General filed a motion to dismiss and threatened sanctions against attorney Jason Flores-Williams for the unforgivable act of requesting rights for nature, […]

National News, Rights of Nature

Corporations Have Rights. Why Not Rivers?

In a September 26, 2017 NYT article by Julie Turkewitz: Does a river — or a plant, or a forest — have rights? … If a corporation has rights, the authors argue, so, too, should an ancient waterway that has sustained human life for as long as it has existed in the Western […]

Endorsement, National News, Pennsylvania, Pipelines, Rights of Nature

Pennsylvania: Nuns Protest Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline by Building Chapel on Proposed Route

From an ECOWATCH article: An order of Catholic nuns and the grassroots coalition Lancaster Against Pipelines have built an open-air chapel in Columbia, Pennsylvania along the proposed route of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline to stall construction of the $3 billion project. The St. Louis-headquartered Adorers of the Blood of Christ […]

Article, Fracking, Hawaii, Oregon, Pesticides, Pipelines, Rights of Nature, Uncategorized, Washington

2017 Pacific Northwest/Hawaii Community Rights Update

2017 Pacific Northwest/Hawaii Community Rights Update: Kai Huschke, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund regional organizer. Topics include Coos County, Oregon’s Community Bill of Rights for a Sustainable Energy Future, Lincoln County Oregon’s Freedom from Aerial Sprayed Pesticides ordinance and the History of Community Rights Organizing in Kauai, Maui and Hawaii. […]

Extraction, Factory Farms, Fracking, Home Rule, Industrial Energy, National News, Pesticides, Pipelines, Rights of Nature

Rights of Nature: A New Paradigm for Environmental Protection with Mari Margil

Fundamental Change Unprecedented species extinction, ecosystem collapse, and climate change evidence the failure of mainstream environmentalism. A global movement is growing to advance fundamental change in the relationship between humankind and the natural world — by eliminating the key barriers to environmental protection and sustainability (including corporate “rights” and powers), and […]