The 'Australian Climate Case' progresses to the next step today with community members revealing how climate change has impacted lives in the Torres Strait.
Today, 17 February, the legal team representing Uncle Pabai Pabai and Uncle Paul Kabai, from Boigu and Saibai islands in the Torres Strait, will submit lay evidence collected from community members to the Federal Court as part of their landmark Australian Climate Case.
Community members will share their stories about how climate change has impacted their lives, the stories they pass down to the children and fears for the future.
In their historic case, Uncle Pabai and Uncle Paul will argue that by failing to prevent climate change impacts in the Torres Strait, the Australian Government has unlawfully breached their duty of care, because of the severe and lasting harm that climate change would cause to their communities. They are seeking an order from the court requiring the government to prevent this harm to their communities by cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
It is the first case brought against the whole Commonwealth Government.
Uncle Paul and Uncle Pabai’s case is being supported by Grata Fund, Phi Finney McDonald and the Urgenda Foundation.