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The following are real stories from communities standing up for their rights:

Mt. Shasta: Democracy Denied in Small Town

Read Molly Brown’s summary of the experience she and her community had in trying to pass an ordinance prohibiting PG&E’s cloud seeding program as well as corporate water extraction in their beloved community.

Ms. Brown’s story is one of perseverance, trial and tribulation, and hope. It is only the end of Round One, Brown says, and it is clear that Mt. Shasta is committed to being the voice for their precious water as they prepare for the next round.

On the Fracking Front: Communities' Rights to Say No to Fracking

In this video, Shannon Biggs, Director of the Community Rights Program at Global Exchange, shares her wisdom on the dangers of fracking and how we can stop this extractive practice from invading our communities. 

If you are in the Bay Area, come hear Shannon Biggs speak this Thursday March 14 at The CommonsSF as she discusses the rights of communities and nature. Event begins at 7pm.

Ecuador Fights for the Rights of Nature

The Condor Highland in South-eastern Ecuadorian Amazon is being threatened by copper mining. 

The open pit mine, Mirador, is the first of a potential six mines which has been granted a license despite socio-environmental studies showing irreversible impacts on biodiversity and water. If the mine goes ahead, present and future generations will inherit toxic rivers, extinct wildlife, degraded Sacred Natural Sites, and a destroyed culture and spirituality of indigenous peoples who have been living in the territory for thousands of years.

In response, local communities and environmental and human rights organizations in Condor are suing the Ecuadorian Government under the Ecuadorian Constitution 2008, arguing that mining will violate the Rights of Nature and of communities. This Constitution was the first in the world to recognize the Rights of Nature to exist and fulfill her evolutionary cycles.

Read more about the Case of Ecuador at:

Biosphere Stewardship Program: Bali, Indonesia June 26- July 6, 2013

In 2011, Biosphere Foundation organized an education outreach program for high school students aged 15-17 to participate in a unique program teaching them about the biosphere and how to preserve it.

During the ten-day program students from the U.S. will travel to Bali, Indonesia to work alongside local students to build awareness about the importance of ecosystem preservation. For more information visit: Biosphere Foundation and Biosphere Stewardship Program Bali.

CELDF’s New Frontiers

Watch Thomas Linzey’s Slideshow on CELDF’s work for Community Rights and the Rights of Nature and read CELDF’s Fracking Primer for more information about banning fracking.

Your Community Rights Hero

Do you know a Human Rights Hero who is working for the rights of communities and nature? Nominate and vote for them in Global Exchange's Human Rights Awards People's Choice contest. Voting ends March 22nd. Support their work and nominate and vote today.

For Community Rights,

Anna Campanelli
Program Associate
Community Rights Program

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