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Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil

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This episode of the Green Interview features Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), a non-profit, public interest law firm providing free and affordable legal services for communities facing threats to their local environment. CELDF has assisted more than 110 local governments, as well as the governments of Nepal, India, and Ecuador. It was a founding member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, and a co-author of the Universal Declaration for the Rights of Mother Earth. When the organization first formed in 1995 in Pennsylvania it began by assisting communities facing unwanted corporate development projects by appealing corporate permit applications through the state’s environmental regulatory system. CELDF was successful in the appeal process—uncovering holes and omissions in the permits that would render them incomplete—but the victories were very short-lived. The corporations would simply file again, this time with permit applications that were administratively complete, and would be approved. After experiencing how the regulatory system operated over several years and seeing communities lose time and again, CELDF’s approach to these cases shifted and starting in 1998 it developed a new technique and instead assisted communities in drafting legally binding laws in which they assert their right to local self-government. CELDF argues that in order to achieve sustainability, communities must be able to make decisions about their future and have the legal right to say “no” to what they don’t want..
Release Date
2014
Run Time
92 min.
Language
In English
Notes
  • In Process Record.
  • Title from title frames.
  • Film
Published
The Green Interview, 2014.
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2016.
Recording Info
Originally produced by The Green Interview in 2014.
Publisher no.
1183114 Kanopy
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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