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.