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Community Roots is a grassroots Asheville, NC,  non-profit dedicated to helping communities protect the planet and dismantle corporate rule.

We believe communities have the right to make decisions about what happens to our water, air and soil, over Corporations.

We stand for the rights of nature and people.

We are running a citizen-led initiative to get a Climate Bill of Rights on the ballot in the City of Asheville. This will get the City to 100% renewable energy by 2030 and stop investments in new fossil fuel infrastructure.

100% Renewable Energy

#WhatCanYouDo?

Get involved in our Personal Petition Campaign and collect signatures of registered voters in Asheville while you are spending time with your friends, family, and loved ones.

It’s easy to get involved and collect just 1 page of 15 signatures or to collect many pages.

If you care about the future of Asheville and the planet JOIN US.
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Community Rights

WHY THE COMMUNITY RIGHTS MOVEMENT?

The current law sees nature as property from which resources should be extracted in pursuit of endless growth and gives corporations the privilege of “personhood” and rights. This has resulted in unsustainable environmental degradation and widespread injustice.

Why Are the Rights of Nature are so Important?

The current structure of law allows corporations to decide what happens in the places we live while we are not invited to the table and have no voice in meaningful decision making.

In 2018 Buncombe County, NC, the state legalized monopoly Duke Energy building two new fracked gas plants. We, the people, had no say in this decision but will have to live with the consequences. Fracked gas contains 80-95% methane, the most potent greenhouse gas on the planet which is accelerating climate change at an unprecedented rate. Our Right to a clean environment is being violated by Duke Energy.

Duke energy, and other large corporations are protected by the State, which prioritizes corporate profits over minimizing the impact on the planet and people. Duke Energy are socializing their losses and privatizing their profits – all legal under the current structure of law. Community Roots is working to change the law that shelters corporations from their responsibilities to communities in which they operate.

We are working directly with national nonprofit Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund who are spearheading the community rights movement around the country.

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September 20 Climate Strike and Rally

Earlier this year, Greta Thunberg and 46 other youth activists issued a call to everyone around the globe to join them in a massive climate strike on September 20th. The Climate Walkout will kick-off a week of mass, escalated actions between Sept 20-27. In most countries, the youth strikers have chosen Sept. 20th as the day of their Climate Strike, while in a few other countries they have chosen Sept 27th.

In Asheville Community Roots will join with Sunrise Movement Asheville and many other organizations to say it is time to begin protecting the planet and building a brighter future.

With school strikers calling on everyone ― young people, parents, workers, and all concerned people ― to join a massive climate strike on September 20th, the 350 Network is well-positioned to help make this day as powerful as possible.

Together, we will join young people in the streets to demand transformational action to avoid climate breakdown and an end to the age of fossil fuels.

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