The Bay Area Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal in Oakland, California in October, 2014, co-sponsored by ELC, examined the impacts of the fossil fuel industry on nature's rights. This Tribunal examined combined violations of human rights and nature’s rights, or “co-violations” of rights, by the Chevron Refinery in nearby Richmond, California. Spills and accidents at the refinery, the largest single emitter of greenhouse gases in the state, have sent thousands of neighboring residents to local hospitals and created lingering, long-term human and environmental health issues. "The rulings call[ed] for defining new economic models, social systems and governance structures to create a new path forward that recognize the interdependencies of humans and earth systems."
Video segments of the Tribunal are available here.