Winning the Lake Erie Bill of Rights
In February of 2019, voters in Toledo, Ohio made history when they voted to adopt a charter amendment recognizing the rights of Lake Erie. The Lake Erie Bill of Rights was the first 'rights of nature law' protecting a specific ecosystem passed by the people in the United States. The measure established rights within the Toledo's City charter for the Lake Erie Ecosystem to “exist, flourish, and naturally evolve” as well as rights to self-government and a clean and healthy environment for the citizens of Toledo.
In this webinar, we will be joined by Tish O'Dell of the Community Environmental Legal Defence Fund, and Markie Miller of Toledoans for Safe Water, who will share insights on how the Bill came to be, how they rallied support, and challenges ahead.
Attendance is free but space is limited. Use the sign up form below to save your spot.
The webinar will be held on Thursday, June 13th at 1pm ET.
Tish O'Dell been working as the Ohio Organizer for CELDF (Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund) since 2013 assisting Ohio communities to organize rights-based initiatives in their communities. CELDF has assisted hundreds of communities across the country to develop “first in the nation” laws banning fracking, factory farming, sludging, water privatization, industrial scale energy development, and others addressing worker’s rights and nature’s rights.
Markie Miller was born in Lambertville, Michigan - a small town bordering Toledo, Ohio - where she currently lives. In 2014, nearly 500,000 people in and around her community lost access to clean and safe drinking water for three days due to a toxic algal bloom in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. This crisis was the catalyst for her work and passion for the rights of nature and community rights movements. She quickly became a lead organizer and spokesperson for Toledoans for Safe Water - a grassroots citizens group in Toledo. She played a crucial role in drafting, petitioning, and eventually passing the Lake Erie Bill of Rights.