Bioneers

Occupy the Law: The Movement for Community Rights and Rights of Nature

As species collapse around the world while governments still authorize fossil fuel extraction and other destructive, unsustainable activities, communities across the U.S. are rising in resistance to "occupy the law." They're enacting "community bills of rights" that recognize a community's legally enforceable right to sustainability and the rights of nature. Two of its most effective path-finding national and global leaders, Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, show how this movement challenges our constitutional framework in which corporate rights and the preemptive authority of state and federal governments block sustainability, environmental protection and democracy. 

Introduction by Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers CEO and Founder.

This speech was given at the 2016 National Bioneers Conference.

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