The Environmental Defender Law Center (EDLC) recently introduced a new grants program that will fund legal expenses in cases against corporations harming the environment and human rights. Two of the first three grants will support the work of Goldman Environmental Prize recipients Rashida Bee and Champa Devi Shukla (2004) and Stephanie Roth (2005), allowing them to continue their heroic fight for local communities' environmental rights.
Bee and Shukla are leading the Bhopal Victims Coalition to re-open a settlement from Union Carbide given the vastly larger number of victims than was originally accounted for from the 1984 disaster. Roth is fighting Canadian-based mining company Gabriel Resources to stop the construction of Europe's largest open cast gold mine in the small, historic town of Rosia Montana in Romania that would force residents to relocate and destroy centuries-old churches.
We're thrilled to see growing support for these important legal battles. To find out more about EDLC and their work, visit www.edlc.org.