Indigenous Australians file class-action climate suit against federal gov't
The Torres Strait Islanders say they're already experiencing coastal erosion and are seeking to require the government to cut greenhouse emissions in line with climate science.
Indigenous Australians are suing their country's federal government for failing to protect them from climate change.
According to this Guardian article, the Torres Strait Islanders are already experiencing coastal erosion and seagrass diebacks that impact their ability to farm and feed themselves and "are seeking orders that require the Australian government to take steps to prevent climate harm to their communities, including by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in line with climate science."
Their legal challenge is apparently modelled on the Urgenda climate case against the Dutch government, which was the first in the world in which citizens established their government had a legal obligation to prevent dangerous climate change and resulted in the Dutch government being ordered by the court to take immediate steps to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.
It will be interesting to see how the Australian courts respond...
Read the full article here.