Visionary Science, Ethics, Law and Action in the Public Interest


  1. Protection of the Commons


    Carolyn Raffensperger calls for protection of the commons in light of the threat of climate change. Read her article in On The Commons here.

  2. Recording Available: Community Right of Free, Prior and Informed Consent


    The presentation by Carolyn Raffensperger on the community right of free, prior, and informed consent and how it might transform public health and environmental decision making is now available as an MP3 recording. To listen and see Carolyn’s slides : The idea of free, prior and informed consent is deeply embedded in the science and…Read More →

  3. 17 Premises of Free, Prior and Informed Consent as a Right of Communities


    By Carolyn Raffensperger 1. Individual humans have rights. 2. Individual humans are not the only ones that have rights. 3. Communities hold rights. These are rights that provide the bonds of responsibility to each other and to the place. 4. A right is not subject to economic forces or sacrificed for the greatest good for…Read More →

  4. Success: Yellowstone National Park and Air Pollution


    Carolyn Raffensperger As our friends at the Winter Wildland Alliance said, “It’s been a long, long time coming – 15 years, 1.1 million public comments and the most grind-it-out, exhaustive campaign Winter Wildlands Alliance has ever embarked on – so all of us at WWA are thrilled with today’s release of the Final Yellowstone Winter…Read More →