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Environment Matters: Know your legal rights to a safe climate

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The University of Western Australia (UWA)

35 Stirling Highway

Crawley, WA 6009

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This event will present a detailed examination of climate change litigation trends and opportunities in WA.

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When governments fail to protect people from harm it is important that we know our rights, and how our legal system can help to deliver justice.

As climate change increasingly causes direct harm to people and nature, communities around the world are turning to courts and legal systems to seek justice and compensation, and to defend their rights to a safe climate. This is leading to a growing trend of climate cases covering human rights and corporations law.

In Australia, we have seen cases against coal mining developments, shareholders have brought cases against polluters, and a landmark case against Woodside’s giant Burrup Hub LNG development has recently commenced here in the WA Supreme Court.

This much anticipated event will present a detailed examination of climate change litigation trends and opportunities here in Western Australia.

Produced by the Environmental Defenders Office for the Conservation Council of WA, this analysis identifies a range of possible litigation avenues for people and communities to defend their rights where governments continue to fail to protect them.

Whether you are impacted directly or indirectly, everyone has a right to a safe climate. At this free event you will learn what those rights are, and how you may act individually or with others to defend those rights and seek justice for a safe climate.

Examples of people or groups who are encouraged to attend this event include:

  • Farmers affected by drought
  • Traditional Owners experiencing changes to country and climate
  • Environmental groups seeking to defend nature
  • Young people concerned about their quality of life in the future
  • Investors concerned about climate change risks affecting returns
  • Property owners affected by sea level rise

Venue: UWA Law School, Moot Court - Law Lecture Theatre 1.06.

This is a COVID-Safe event following the latest health advice.

Can't attend in person? You can join us online (RSVP is still appreciated). We will be broadcasting via Zoom video conferencing.

We respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we will be meeting on, the Whadjuk Noongar people, and pay our respects to Elders past and present. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

For more info contact Steph Murphey: stephanie.murphey@ccwa.org.au

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