Coos Commons Protection Council
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Protecting Nature One Community At a Time
He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. – Martin Luther King
Rights of Nature
Ecosystems has a fundamental right to thrive, flourish and naturally evolve
Right to climate
Communities have the right to a healthy climate to say NO to non-sustainable energy systems and development
Right to Shelter
Coos County has more than 1,300 homeless men, women and children who are entitled to shelter and receive services with dignity
Right to a Sustainable Economy
Coos County has a right to a healthy sustainable economy that provides for the needs of the present without stealing from future generations
Direct outreach to help marginalized people get the services they need.
Through Direct Democracy We Have the Power to Impact Our Future
Governments only exist by the consent of the governed. Using democracy we can change those laws that violate our fundamental rights to clean air, water and a healthy climate.
The Right to Local Self-Government
We are the decision makers in our own communities.
“When peoples’ movements work to expand rights, we see legislative efforts to stop them,” says the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund’s (CELDF) organizer Tish O’Dell. “It is a pattern that has been repeated over and over. In recent years when LGBTQ+ marriage equality was gaining momentum, reactionary states began to ban it. Today, it is the Ohio legislature, desperate to stop another expansion of rights. This won’t work either. The Ohio legislature is on the wrong side of history – the Rights of Nature train has already left the station.”
Jordan Cove Energy Partners’ Canadian owners spent almost $1 million to defeat a local measure for a sustainable energy future that would have halted the proposed LNG export terminal. If built, Jordan Cove and the associated 224 mile pipeline will become the single large greenhouse gas emitter in the entire state of Oregon.
Coos Commons continues to advocate for the rights of nature and is also partnering with Bittin Duggan of Growing Through It to provide direct outreach to the county’s homeless population who find it difficult to access public services.
All Current Campaigns
Coos Commons Protection Council (CCPC) is pleased to announce the Negley Flinn Charitable Foundation has provided $20,000 “to provide dignified services based on compassion, equity and respect to disenfranchised Coos County residents so that they may access individual and community services to meet their basic human needs so that they may live a healthier and more productive lives.”
Hope is a longing for a future condition over which you have no agency. It means you are essentially powerless. - Derrick Jensen In the 56 years since the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring one thing remains constant to this day. Our existing system of law...
…the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and similar state laws – legalize environmental harms by regulating how much pollution or destruction of nature can occur under law. Rather than preventing pollution and environmental destruction, our environmental laws instead codify it. In addition, under commonly understood terms of preemption, once these activities are legalized by federal or state governments, local governments are prohibited from banning them.
What is it that keeps us from getting what we want in our communities? Why can’t we say, “No!” to harmful activities?
On Community Civil Disobedience in the Name of Sustainability: The Community Rights Movement in the United States
From the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) It’s disturbing, but true: Forty years after our major environmental laws were enacted, by most every statistic, the environment continues to worsen. Today, the same laws...
Hope is a longing for a future condition over which you have no agency. It means you are essentially powerless.