A coalition of river and coastal defenders have won a major victory against the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board), securing an order that requires the Water Board to meet the statutory deadlines for its list of impaired waterways in California.
The Teyuna Foundation is dedicated to sharing the wisdom of indigenous Teyunaleaders, 17 of whom will embark on their first-ever tour of the US spanning over 9,400 miles and 40 locations in 16 states from July 10 through September 14.
On September 15th, Legal Rights for the Salish Sea is hosting an event for the Salish Sea Day of Action. A documentary screening and panel discussion will explore how rights of nature can save the Southern Resident Killer Whales and maintain the health of the Salish Sea ecosystem.
A coalition of organizations including Earth Law Center submitted an amicus brief to the Constitutional Court of Colombia calling for recognition of the rights of the Anchicayá River and every river in Colombia,
Earth Law Center has now completed the Earth Law Framework for Marine Protected Areas, that serves as a guideline for how we can evolve the solution and use of marine protected areas to include the rights of the ocean.
Earth Law Center has launched an initiative to support local communities and indigenous groups in the Puget Sound and wider Salish Sea. As part of this initiative, ELC has partnered with the Nonhuman Rights Project to seek rights recognition for the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population in the Puget Sound.
The Earth Law Center is partnering with the River Ethiope Trust Foundation (“RETFON”) to launch an initiative to establish legal rights for the River Ethiope in Nigeria, the first in Africa to be recognized as a legal entity.
A coalition of river defenders filed a lawsuit against the State Water Resources Control Board for its failure to meet key Clean Water Act and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements intended to protect the ecological health of waterways.
"Granting legal rights to the Pacific Ocean allows lawsuits to be filed on behalf of ecosystems. “This means there is no longer a requirement to demonstrate personal human injury to protect and restore their (ecosystems’) health — a huge roadblock in environmental protection suits,” explains Michelle Bender of the Earth Law Center, a legal advocacy group."
"Darlene Lee is a visionary leader with an outstanding track record of success in building world class teams and growing businesses in Asia Pacific, Europe, and the United States. With Ms. Lee at the helm, ELC will become a major force in shifting the legal system to include nature’s rights.”