Community Rights Resources

Community Rights and Corporate Power

"Reclaiming Democracy: How Communities are Saying 'NO' to Corporate Rights and Recognizing the Rights of Nature"  film featuring a presentation by Shannon Biggs and ThomasLinzey (CELDF)

Read Thomas Linzey's new book about rights-based organizing: Be the Change - How to Get What YouWant In YOUR Community

Mt. Shasta Water Rights Report (.pdf)

Listen to an interview with Shannon Biggs on NPR's 'Your Call' 

Rights of Nature


ln October 2013, on Ohlone Indigenous land, Global Exchange and partners held a 3-day summit at the Stillheart Institute in Woodside, California. Nestled in the California Redwood forest a counsel of 32 global social movement leaders including Indigenous leaders, deep ecologists, grassroots justice advocates, economists, climate experts, localization activists, globalization thinkers, writers and researchers were convened to examine the emerging legal framework known as Rights of Nature, or Rights of Mother Earth. This declaration emerged and is affirmed by the undersigned participants. 

Rights of Nature and the Economics of the Biosphere: The Stillheart Declaration

Global Exchange hosted a 50 person Rights of Nature & Economics of the Biosphere Summit (October 20-24, 2013) and produced this Summit Reader with new content and updates to previous works.

Rights of Nature & Economics of the Biosphere Summit Summit Reader (.pdf)

Global Exchange released a new report for the Rio+20 Earth Summit (June 20th-22nd, 2012), Rights of Nature Planting Seeds of Real Change. 

New Report - Rights of Nature: Planting Seeds of Real Change

Download the full report (.pdf)

Get more information on the Rio+20 Earth Summit and our international work advocating for the Rights of Nature.

Watch our video blog from Rio+20

Read David Korten's latest article for Yes! Magazine; The Down to Earth Economy.


The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth

In 2011, Global Exchange released a new book, Rights of Nature: Making a Case for the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. Co-developed by the Council of Canadians and Fundacion Pachamama, the book gathers the wisdom of indigenous cultures, scientists, activists, lawyers, and small farmers to make a case for how and why humans must work to change our current structures of law to recognize that nature has inherent rights.  

How to order:

Copies of the book are $15 each (includes shipping for U.S. orders. Write a check to Global Exchange c/o Shannon Biggs and mail to 2017 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 9411 OR contact Shannon Biggs by e-mail: ( or by phone at (415) 575-5540 to pay with a credit card. Once payment has been received, the book(s) will be shipped that day.

Does Nature Have Rights? Transforming Grassroots Organizing to Protect People and the Planet

Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice  by Cormac Cullinan

Should Trees Have Standing?  by Christopher Stone

Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth



Watch our new video that explores how fracking is an issue of community rights, not regulations.

Hear Shannon Biggs speak at the Global Frackdown San Francisco rally on September 22nd, 2012

Watch the film Gasland

Check out this tool kit created by CELDF about banning fracking

Contact the Community Rights Program to find out more about how you can BAN FRACKING in your community



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