The Rights of Nature movement is the first movement I’ve found in 40 years that places nature in its rightful place – seeing us as part of the Earth – while also gaining a foothold across the planet. To this end we are hosting a:

Democracy School in Cincinnati, Ohio: Register Today

The CELDF Democracy School: Igniting a Rights Movement for Communities and Nature!

Hosted by: Ecovillage Green Group and Community Earth Alliance.

To registerclick here!

Democracy School is a stimulating and illuminating virtual course that teaches and activates an empowering new approach about how to re-frame exhausting and often discouraging single-issue work – such as opposing fracking, over-development, and pesticides, or advocating for worker rights, housing access, and protecting water – in a way that we can confront corporate control and government interference on a powerful front: the people’s right of local self-governance and Nature’s rights.

Educating your community is one of the most powerful steps toward change you can make. Here are the details for our upcoming virtual Democracy School event:

Each Democracy School is a 4 part session. Please register once for access to all 4 dates.

Democracy School is open to anyone – but we recommend finding a school hosted within your community to create meaningful dialogue and networking around the issues that are most important to you and your community.

Outline of Curriculum:The virtual Democracy School consists of 4 modules organized as lecture/presentation, small-group breakout discussion, and large-group discussion.

Module 1: Where We Are Now – Exposing Intentional Barriers to Community Self-Determination

Saturday, August 22, 2020 from 10am – 12pm EST

Module 2: How did we get here? The Power of Property
Sunday, August 23, 2020 from 1pm – 3pm EST

Module 3: How we could make change – Asserting Rights
Saturday,  August 29, 2020 from 10am – 12pm EST

Module 4: Where We Could End Up – Building a Movement for Real Change
Sunday, August 30, 2020 from 1pm – 3:30pm EST

The cost to attend all 4 modules is a one time registration of $40, Students: $20.

Materials and a zoom link will be sent out once all spots are filled (Minimum 15; Maximum 25). All registrations are final, attending all 4 modules is mandatory as each module builds on the previous one. Register using the form below.

The host group may be able to provide some scholarships for those unable to cover the cost. Please contact Jim Schenk with Community Earth Alliance at jschenk@imagoearth.org.

This course will be led by CELDFs Ohio Organizer, Tish O’Dell, along with other CELDF staff.

Questions? Contact Tish O’Dell at tish@celdf.org.

To register go to:     https://celdf.org/2020/08/democracy-school-in-cincinnati-ohio-2/ 


We are Earth, and learning to live in community can help us remember.

We need to see ourselves as part of this amazing Earth, not as the owners and users of the Earth.  Community Earth Alliance hopes to help people learn to fall in love with the Earth, which is really no different than falling in love with ourselves, because all of us are Earth.   We, CEA, have focused a lot of our energy on housing, the place where we live, but we also strive to see every part of our lives as a celebration of interacting with our fellow Earthlings.  How do we, with every action we take, enhance the Earth, and thus enhance ourselves?  This is what we need to learn to do in a culture that believes we can own the Earth as if it is separate from ourselves.  I am Earth and all the plants and animals, rocks and water, are all part of me and I am part of them.  As Thomas Berry says, “we are the Earth, conscious of itself’.  We can truly celebrate our deep connection.  We really are one. 

And this is what Community Earth Alliance hopes to share.  It is seeing ourselves in this community of humans but also of all species that will help us become aware of our oneness.

We especially do this through our assisting Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage to become a model of living sustainable in an urban setting. This is critical now with over half of our species now living in cities.

We are also doing this through our awareness that all species are part of our community, and so helping people recognize the right of the natural world is a focus we are also taking.

Jim Schenk, Community Earth Alliance Director