Lafayette, Colorado recently recognized the right to a healthy climate for people and nature, and banned the extraction of oil and gas as a violation of that right. An interesting group called the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund assisted the community in drafting the measure. Here is their press release.
And in another step in the advancement of the rights of nature, last month the High Court of Uttarakhand in northern India issued a ruling declaring that the Gangotri & Yamunotriast Glaciers are legal persons. The court explained that declaring ecosystems as legal persons is necessary for their protection, and identified a number of steps that government must take to protect ecosystems. Read more about the growing movement for nature’s rights, including CELDF’s work, in The Christian Science Monitor here.
The CELDF has published a number of handbooks, including, We the People: Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the United States. This handbook describes how communities across the U.S. have responded to environmentally destructive corporate projects by banning them locally.
— S. Salmi
ALL OUR SOURCES:
- Iaconangelo, David; 2017. “An Indian court says glaciers and rivers are ‘living entities.’ Could the same approach work in the US?” The Christian Science Monitor. Posted April 7; accessed April 8.
- Linsey, Thomas and Anneka Campbell; 2017. We the People: Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the United States. PM Press.