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.”
ELC has created an initiative to present to the UN Ocean Conference and to be attached to a subsequent voluntary commitment to support SDG 14. This initiative requests UN Ocean Conference members support the incorporation of the inherent rights of the ocean into the "Call for Action." To sign on in support, please email name, organization/affiliation, location and logo to firstname.lastname@example.org
Based on input from water-policy experts from across the state, California Water Governance for the 21st Century offers a blueprint for a sustainable water future. The report, co-authored by ELC and Stanford Law School's Environmental Law Clinic, addresses the shortcomings of California's inefficient and inequitable water management regime and offers a range of potential policies and strategies for transforming our water governance system into one that maximizes social and ecological well-being. Further reading here.
ELC released its second annual report detailing co-violations of human rights and nature’s rights around the globe. Rights co-violations occur when governments or industry, or both, impact humans and nature out of the same destructive activity. The report examines 200 instances of co-violations of rights worldwide and highlights specific solutions. The report is paired with an online map, where the public can also submit details on additional co-violations.
ELC has just released a new report compiling and analyzing 100 "co-violations" of human rights and nature's rights worldwide. We released the report at a workshop at which we shared information and debated solutions to this escalating problem. Read the press release here.
The recent front-page article on water rights covered the growing demand for even "senior" water rights holders to help solve the ongoing drought. Who's not invited to the discussion? Waterways, like the Delta and our rivers and streams.
Corporations have it. So do infants before they can walk, children, even oceangoing vessels. It's the right to bring a lawsuit in their own name. More attention is being given to the question of whether wild animals, valleys, rivers, meadows or mountain ranges--in short, nature herself--should have standing to appear as plaintiffs in court.
On October 5, 2014 at Laney College in Oakland, ELC and the Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance held the Bay Area Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal, which examined the impacts of the fossil fuel industry on nature's rights.
Sheehan -- by all accounts one of California's most effective environmental lobbyists -- had grown frustrated in 2010 after about 20 years of advocacy. The California Coastkeeper Alliance, where she was executive director, was meeting its goals, but waterways were still polluted.