Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund


Our mission is to build sustainable communities by assisting people to assert their right to local self-government and the rights of nature.Today, through grassroots organizing, public education and outreach, and legal assistance, nearly 200 municipalities across the U.S. have enacted CELDF-drafted Community Rights laws which ban practices – including fracking, factory farming, sewage sludging of farmland, and water privatization – that violate the rights of people, communities and nature.

To protect those rights, the laws address the key barriers to local self-governance and sustainability – such as corporate constitutional “rights” – and has assisted the first communities in the U.S. to eliminate corporate “rights” when they interfere with Community Rights.

Further, CELDF has worked with the first U.S. communities and the first country to establish the rights of nature in law – recognizing the rights of ecosystems and natural communities to exist and thrive, and empowering people and their governments to defend and enforce these rights.

CELDF is now bringing communities and groups together to form statewide Community Rights Networks and the National Community Rights Network to drive change from the grassroots upward to the state and federal level.

This is the start of the Community Rights Movement. Join us!

economic justice
environment / climate crisis


Contact Name: Thomas Linzey, Esq., Executive Director
Phone: 717-498-0054
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HQ Address
State: PA
City: Mercersburg
  PO Box 360
Zipcode: 17236