Colorado River v. State of Colorado

In a First-in-the-USA Federal Lawsuit, River Seeks Recognition of its Legal Rights to Exist, Restoration

photo: Colorado River v. State of Colorado: In a First-in-the-Nation Federal Lawsuit, River Seeks Recognition of its Legal Rights to Exist, Restoration

Contact: Mari Margil, Director, CELDF’s International Center for the Rights of Nature 503-381-1755 mmargil@celdf.org

Mercersburg, Pennsylvania: The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) is serving as a legal adviser for the first-in-the-nation lawsuit in which a river is seeking recognition of its legal rights. To be filed next week in federal district court in Colorado, the lawsuit Colorado River v. State of Colorado seeks a ruling that the Colorado River, and its ecosystem, possess certain rights, including the right to exist, flourish, evolve, regenerate, and restoration.

Further, the lawsuit seeks a declaration from the federal court that the State of Colorado — the defendant in the case — may be held liable for violating the rights of the River. The Plaintiff in the action is the Colorado River itself, with members of the environmental organization Deep Green Resistance serving as “next friends” in the lawsuit on behalf of the Colorado River ecosystem. They are represented by Jason Flores-Williams, a noted Colorado civil rights attorney. CELDF has been at the forefront of the growing movement to recognize the rights of nature, and has assisted the first places in the world to develop laws that establish legal […]

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Colorado River v. State of Colorado - In First-in-the-USA Federal Lawsuit, River Seeks Recognition of Legal Rights to Exist, Restoration
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Colorado River v. State of Colorado - In First-in-the-USA Federal Lawsuit, River Seeks Recognition of Legal Rights to Exist, Restoration
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Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) is serving as legal advisor for first-in-USA lawsuit: river is seeking recognition of legal rights. #water
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