New Community Rights Paper: NIMBYism

In the last paper, CELDF explored the grassroots history of the Declaration of Independence — namely, how communities across the colonies were declaring themselves independent of British rule years before the appearance of the revolutionary document.

In this next paper, CELDF explores the history of the term NIMBY (“Not In My Back Yard”) as a creation of corporate chemical companies to demean and marginalize local opposition to industrialization, and it moves beyond that phrase to the declaration of “Not in anybody’s backyard” — the idea that no one should have to live with the environmental destruction, water pollution, toxic fallout and other problems of being the site of an industrial project.  When we accept this premise, then it opens up avenues for us to explore what sustainable economies and infrastructure need to look like.

More importantly, it explores the process of how local communities reject the corporate framing of issues in order to take back power and make decisions on their own terms.

We’ll have a static link to these papers from our Resources page.