Mari Margil is the direc­tor of the Inter­na­tion­al Cen­ter for the Rights of Nature, a project of the Com­mu­ni­ty Envi­ron­men­tal Legal Defense Fund, a pub­lic inter­est law firm that has assist­ed dozens of U.S. munic­i­pal­i­ties, as well as non-gov­ern­men­tal orga­ni­za­tions in dif­fer­ent coun­tries, to devel­op laws that rec­og­nize rights of nature.Ryan Dick­in­son is a law stu­dent at Tem­ple Uni­ver­si­ty Beasley School of Law and a Com­mu­ni­ty Envi­ron­men­tal Legal Defense Fund sum­mer 2019 legal intern. 
Toledo Passed a “Lake Erie Bill of Rights” To Protect Its Water. The State Is Trying to Stop It.
A local effort to protect environmental rights—of both people and nature—faces pushback from the state and industry.