Posted by: mariannedc | March 28, 2012

Pittsburgh Recognizes Rights of Communities and Environment

By Pamela Haines, Quaker social justice educator with a concern for economics and the environment

A unanimously affirmed Pittsburgh ordinance to ban drilling within city limits counters the legal rights of corporations by creating legal protections for communities and the natural environment.

It affirms a “fundamental and inalienable right” to water–not just for residents, but also for ecosystems. It also legally recognizes that “all power is inherent in the people, that all free governments are founded on the people’s authority and consent, and that corporate entities and their directors and managers shall not enjoy special privileges or powers under the law which make community majorities subordinate to them.”

Read analysis of this important decision from Yes! Magazine and from the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

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