Uncle Pabai and Uncle Paul – First Nations leaders from remote islands in Guda Maluyligal in the Torres Strait – are taking the Australian government to court for failing to prevent climate change.
Uncle Paul and Uncle Pabai are arguing that the Australian Government has unlawfully breached their duty of care, by failing to take the necessary action to prevent climate change. They are seeking an order from the court requiring the government to prevent this harm to their communities by cutting greenhouse gas emissions — in line with the best available science. If they win the order would not only benefit Torres Strait people, but all of our communities across Australia.
The court travelled to the Torres Strait in June 2023 to hear evidence from the communities on the front line of the climate crisis.
In November, the court will reconvene for the next round of hearings.
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