We’re two Traditional Owners from Gudamalulgal in the Torres Strait, and we’re taking the Australian Government to court for failing to prevent climate change.
Our people have lived on these islands for more than 65,000 years. But if the Government doesn’t change course, our homes could disappear beneath the rising seas, making us Australia’s first climate change refugees.
We have a responsibility to protect Country and our communities – and we hope that by bringing this case we will help all Australians affected by climate change.
In 2015, the Urgenda Foundation and 886 people took the Dutch Government to court for not doing enough to prevent climate change – and won. The courts ordered the Dutch Government to take immediate steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Thanks to this groundbreaking legal action, the Netherlands now has some of the strongest climate policies in the world.
We acknowledge the Gudamalulgal people and pay our respect to the tens of thousands of years of stories and community life and to Elders past and present.
We acknowledge that the legal system has been and continues to be used to oppress First Nations communities, and we will continue to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and movements to challenge injustice. Blak lives matter.