"In a historic ruling today, a Queensland court has said the massive Clive
Palmer-owned Galilee Basin coal project should not go ahead because of its
contribution to climate change, its environmental impacts, and because it would
erode human rights.
The case was mounted in 2020 by a First Nations-led group of young people aged
13 to 30 called Youth Verdict. It was the first time human rights arguments
were used in a climate change case in Australia.
The link between human rights and climate change is being increasingly
recognised overseas. In September this year, for example, a United Nations
committee decided that by failing to adequately address the climate crisis,
Australia’s Coalition government violated the human rights of Torres Strait
Youth Verdict’s success today builds on this momentum. It heralds a new era for
climate change cases in Australia by youth activists, who have been frustrated
with the absence of meaningful federal government policy."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics