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Children’s Federal Climate Lawsuit

LANDMARK U.S. FEDERAL CLIMATE LAWSUIT “[This is] the most important lawsuit on the planet right now.” – Bill McKibben & Naomi Klein In 2015, twenty-one youth from across the United States, age 8 to 19, filed a landmark constitutional climate change lawsuit against the federal government in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Also acting as a Plaintiff is world-renowned climate scientist Dr. James E. Hansen, serving as guardian for future generations and his granddaughter. Their complaint asserts that, in causing

Who Speaks for the Earth? CSLAW joins Supreme Court amicus brief

Alec L., et al v. Gina McCarthy, No. 14-405 (Sup. Ct. on Pet for Cert) CSLAW joined the amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a youth petition for certiorari seeking the application of the public trust doctrine to the federal government in order to deal with the Climate change crisis. Youth around the world are taking the lead and speaking out as plaintiffs highlighting the need for their government to take real and immediate action

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Basic legal services for farmers and smallholders campaign: Center for Sustainability Law provides effective and creative legal services to small farmers and heritage based businesses. CSLaw helps those dedicated to sustainable land practices navigate constantly shifting legal terrains so that they may comfortably manage whatever legal problems come their way. Our “Basic Legal Services for Farmers Campaign” helps small farmers, landowners, and organizations navigate basic legal services. We help those dedicated to sustainable land practices navigate constantly shifting legal terrains so

Mission of CSLAW

We are an environmental advocacy organization based in Eugene, Oregon working to secure sustainable land use, food systems and property rights for all by ensuring that underrepresented peoples have their voices heard in negotiations over the world’s increasingly limited natural resources. Through this work we catalyze local adaptation and resiliency in the face of changing property, land use and regulatory issues; changes which can destabilize their connected physical, economic, and ecological health and wellbeing.  

Wake Up Before It’s Too Late: GMO’s don’t feed the world, Small Organic Farmers Do

The domestic and export food policies of the United States, especially the agency responsible for biotechnology regulatory services, USDA APHIS, must change in order to respond to the social and environmental problems identified in the newly released United Nations report titled, “Wake Up Before It’s Too Late.” To do otherwise would be unconscionable. Mounting evidence reveals that our current policies will guarantee a future where the world’s poor are left hungry and unable to participate in a system increasingly tailored

Peak Soil?

A recent article in the Ecologist is a must read for everyone who eats. All too often we forget about soil as having the same value as trees or water or other highly valued natural resources. Soil may in fact be the most important resource because it sustains us, and on top of that it retains 10x more carbon than our forests. “Peak soil may be upon us, yet we know enough to start reversing the damage. With the right

Why I eat organic

Arden Farm

Why I eat organic… By Melissa D. Wischerath, October 24, 2013 I must admit I didn’t always have an answer for why I’ve been eating organic. My yearning for real food started somewhere in my college years, living in NYC. The Sodexho sponsored salad bar at my University left me wanting something better than an iceberg salad bar sprayed with laxatives. All right, maybe the laxative salad was just a rumor, but honestly we all believed it. Who knows, maybe

5 years later, Industrial farm animal production system lags


October 22, 2013 Analysis of Impact of Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production Finds Administration and Congress Have Exacerbated Problems in the Food System LivableFuture blogpost | Report Five years after the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production (PCIFAP) released its landmark recommendations to remedy the public health, environment, animal welfare and rural community problems caused by industrial food animal production, a new analysis by Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future (CLF) finds that the Administration

Keystone XL Pipeline Could Yield $100 Billion For Koch Brothers

Approval of the Keystone XL pipeline could generate $100 billion in profits for billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, according to a report released Sunday, which revealed the extent to which the Kochs would benefit from the tar sands development the proposed pipeline would help spur. A progressive think tank called the International Forum on Globalization completed the study, which found that the Kochs and their privately-owned company, Koch Industries, hold up to 2 million acres of land in Alberta,

Update: Council Overrules Mayor’s Veto, Chemical Corporations Tremble at Kauai’s Unwavering Determination

Update: 11/18/2013 : Once again, Kauai stands up to biotech! Over the last couple of weeks since the historic passage of the Kauai City Council’s ordinance, the mayor vetoed the bill siding with Biotech and Big Ag. We are pleased that “after a cunning political maneuver, the Kauai County Council has overridden Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho’s veto of Bill 2491, freeing the way for the GMO-related Bill 2491.” Read the full article here:   Over forty people lined up

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