Community meeting: United Nations Special Rapporteur on Toxics and Human Rights

The United Nations is coming to the Central Coast and Lower Lake Macquarie to investigate toxic coal pollution – and they want to hear from you.

WHAT: Community meeting with UN Special Rapporteur on Toxics and Human Rights, hosted and organised by Future Sooner

WHERE: Chain Valley Bay Community Hall, 100 Scaysbrook Avenue, Chain Valley Bay NSW

WHEN: Tuesday 29 August, 1-3:30PM


  • Gary Blashcke OAM, Future Sooner
  • Jo Lynch, Hunter Community Environment Centre
  • Jocelyn McGarity and Ally McAlpine, Environmental Justice Australia lawyers
  • Dr Ian Charlton, as MC

Registration is not compulsory, but will help us understand interest in the event.

What’s happening?

Over two hours on Tuesday, 29 August, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Toxics and Human Rights will hold a public meeting in Chain Valley Bay to learn about the health and environmental impacts of coal pollution and collect testimonies from the Central Coast and Lower Lake Macquarie communities.

It’s a big deal – and a huge moment to have your voice heard. The UN is a powerful international body, and is uniquely placed to influence the federal and NSW state government to put the health of our communities and environment first.

You’ll hear from local advocates who have campaigned tirelessly for action on coal pollution and the health and human rights abuses associated with that pollution, and from EJA lawyers looking at legal avenues for change.

You’ll also learn about the UN’s role in elevating community voices for better health and environmental protections. There will be time at the end of the event for a Q+A.

This event is being organised and hosted by Future Sooner.

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