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An anti-fracking ordinance aimed at hobbling oil and gas development within Lafayette through sanctioning acts of civil disobedience and non-violent protest will go in front of city leaders Tuesday.
The vote comes just two years after a Boulder District Court judge tossed out the town’s voter-approved fracking ban and marks a return to form for the truculent community.
At the center of the measure is Cliff Willmeng, the organizer of East Boulder County United, the anti-fracking group that drafted the “Climate Bill of Rights and Protections” ordinance and who heralded Lafayette’s fracking ban initiative on the 2013 ballot.
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On Jan. 3, I and another Lafayette councilor, Gustavo Reyna, introduced a proposed ordinance, the Lafayette Climate Bill of Rights and Protections. The “right to climate” is not a new right but an ancient one. It’s the right to have conditions conducive to life, and the right to self-determination and survival. A federal judge recently recognized that such a right is central to bedrock guarantees of life and liberty (Juliana et al., v. United States of America, United States District Court for the District of Oregon).
Lafayette’s Climate Bill of Rights empowers community members to directly protect the environment through civil disobedience assuming the council and state do not recognize a right to a healthy climate. Lafayette would be the third community to enact such a measure nationally.
Why have we taken this step?
Colorado people and communities have been fighting corporate environmental harms for more than 35 years. All our democratic efforts have been overturned by the courts — courts that have been protecting corporations from people for more than 100 years.
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