Rights-Based Law

Defending Water for Life works with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) to increase awareness of rights-based law to communities that want to protect their water.  The following resources will help you understand why rights-based law is the most effective way to protect our water, and demand democracy in our communities.
Background, Existing Environmental Laws Treat Nature as Property  and,
Moving from a Property, to a Rights Framework to Protect Nature:
Rights of Nature FAQ’s:
Newfield Water Rights and Self-Government Warrant Article:
Anatomy of the Newfield Water Rights Ordinance:
What Is Municipal Home Rule?

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