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.

100% Renewable Energy

We all know that the climate is rapidly changing, threatening our planet and most vulnerable communities.

Many of us feel helpless to make meaningful change as we watch the situation spiral out of control.
We see reports of the technological advances that are making renewable energy – including solar and wind power- more efficient and less expensive than climate changing fossil fuels.

So why are we not using these clean energy sources?

It’s illegal. State and Federal laws, often written by fossil fuel companies, prevent us from being able to choose the energy sources we want.

Community Rights

The Community Rights Movement is dismantling corporate rule,
putting people and planet over profits.

In a democracy the laws represent the will of the People.

We have a history of successfully abolishing laws that don’t reflect the will of the People — those that allowed people to be considered property and exploited our children.

It is time to change the laws that allow our planet to be plundered for the profit of a few while the People suffer the consequences.

A Community Bill of Rights is a local law that asserts our Right to make decisions about the places we live. It’s time we made some decisions about how our energy is produced.

Get Involved

Do you feel like there is something more you could be doing? Not sure what would help?

Community Roots is a grassroots, volunteer-based organization based in Asheville, NC. We thrive on volunteers who want to make an impact, aren’t afraid to shake up the status quo and live with enthusiasm!

We are funded by PROJECT100, a network of local businesses leading the way to a just an equitable transition to renewable energy.

Upcoming Events

Get Involved: Community Bill of Rights

Rights of Nature: Downtown Asheville March
Wednesday, June 13th, 5:30 to 7 pm

Come meet us just north of High Five Coffee on Broadway in the gravel parking lot by the corner of Broadway Street and Elizabeth Street.

Join us in downtown Asheville to stand up for our sustainable future, transition from fossil fuels and work towards supporting the Rights of Nature.

This is a celebratory march as well as an educational march about the Rights of Nature to highlight some of the local projects that are impacting our city, region and world.

We’ll have a mini meet and greet with each other and hand out banners to wave in the streets. Drums and voices are most welcome. Community Roots Program Director, Suzannah Park, will review the details of the march with everyone. We’ll review our chants, practice the ‘Dance for Hope’ and then we’ll hit the streets for an hour.

See you there!

We The People 2.0 Screening

Wednesday, June 27th, 6 to 8:00 pm
THE BLOCK off Biltmore, 39 S Market Street, Asheville

Interested in Community Rights and why Corporations have more rights than we do? This film showcases the work of CELDF and the Community Rights movement across the US.

“We the People 2.0” is about the loss of democracy in the United States. The story unfolds through the eyes of rural people and sacrifice zones in urban communities who have faced decades of toxic dumps, drilling and mines in their communities. These people come to understand that the reason they can’t stop the destruction is that the US has become an oligarchy, run by the corporate few who ignore the rights and will of the people. These people are frontally challenging our corporate state; thereby saving nature and themselves. Thomas Linzey, a nonprofit attorney’s inspiring words shows how, we, the people, can turn this around and lay claim to our democracy. This movement is building as you read this, not just in this country but around the world; this film shows how and where it all began.