With a variety of books, videos, and other resources, you will be able to examine and understand why our law and our culture seems to elevate property and commerce over people, communities, and nature. 

We’ll continually update our resources with books, brochures, legal briefs, and papers published by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. You’ll also find sample ordinances and suggested readings. Don’t forget to check the Activist Resources where you’ll find templates and FAQs for your next public gathering!

Featured Resources

If you’re only going to look at a few things, start here!


PIELC 2013 Keynote Address by Thomas Linzey of CELDF

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bethechangeBe the Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community

by Thomas Linzey and Anneke Campbell, 2009

A revolutionary handbook that shows everyday citizens how to stand up and take control of their local governments. With assistance from the cutting-edge methodology of his Democracy School, this book will teach you how to achieve true self-governance and help provide ecosystems with the inalienable right to exist and flourish.

“Help! I’ve Been Colonized and I Can’t Get Up!”

by Jane Anne Morris –

Morris gives an overview of Constitutional obstacles that face those of us in the US seeking to fashion a sustainable world.

She explains how the US Constitution most often and most effectively has been used to protect corporate persons — corporations not  human beings.

More suggested readings


Activist Resources

Coming soon!

More activist resources


Democracy School

Democracy School explores the limits of conventional regulatory organizing and offers a new organizing model that helps citizens confront corporate usurpation of the rights of communities, people and the earth.

Learn more about Democracy School



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