Have you heard the news?
Minister Plibersek has just announced she has accepted our client’s game changing climate legal intervention as valid, and will reconsider 18 coal and gas proposals currently awaiting federal approval.
This is huge!
Back in July, on behalf of our client the Environment Council of Central Queensland (ECoCeQ), EJA lawyers submitted 19 legal requests and thousands of pieces of evidence to Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek, asking her to reconsider nearly all of the new coal and gas proposals on her desk.
These proposals – like Woodside’s North West Shelf and Whitehaven’s Narrabri mine – would each have a vast and irreversible impact on our climate and devastate thousands of nationally significant animals, plants and places.
But until now, Australia’s environment ministers have completely neglected to consider this.
The next step? For the next three weeks, the Minister is inviting public comments about the environmental impact of these 18 fossil fuel projects.
Friend, can you set aside some time over the next few weeks to write some – or many! – public comments?
To get you up to speed on these critical environmental decisions and how you can get involved, will you join us on zoom on Tuesday 8 November at 7pm AEDT for a rapid response webinar?
WHAT: Living Wonders rapid response webinar
WHEN: Tuesday 8 November, 7-8pm AEDT
WHERE: Online on Zoom – RSVP and we will email you the link
This weekend, we’re furiously pulling together toolkits and guides to help you write impactful public comments.
At the webinar, we’ll share the plan for the next few weeks and guide you through how you can take part in one of the biggest climate legal interventions in Australian history.
We’re so excited to be at this point.
We believe this is the first time in Australian history that an Environment Minister has accepted a climate-focused reconsideration request as valid.
It’s a good sign. After more than a decade of inaction, we hope we have an Environment Minister who is ready to take swift action and get things done.
Accepting our client’s reconsideration requests is a step in the right direction.
Now it’s up to all of us to give Minister Plibersek the courage to face the climate science, and act.
We’ll share more details early next week – and hope you will join thousands of people across Australia writing as many submissions as humanly possible!