Past Events Resources
The Urgenda climate case win against the Dutch Government
Thursday 23 July 2015
How citizens win and what it means for Australians
Environmental Justice Australia and Melbourne University Law School Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law presented a seminar with Ms Marjan Minnesma, the Director of The Urgenda Foundation. Ms Minnesma's peice 'Australia; Leader or Laggard?' which also included information on Dutch organisation Urgenda's recent landmark climate change case in the Netherlands.
Creating a better world with your investment choices
30 April 2015
We joined Stephen Mayne and the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility for a special event to discuss shareholder advocacy and engagement and the power your investment choices can have to make a better world.
18th March 2015
The new State government has promised to create a Yarra River Protection Act and Trust– but what will they deliver and when will it be delivered?
The Yarra Riverkeeper and Environmental Justice Australia are launching the Yarra River Protection Act Project to return the river to the state it deserves.
Over the coming months, we’ll be asking the Melbourne community what they want from a Yarra River Protection Act and engaging the community in a unique ‘co-design’ process with government and other stakeholders to ensure the community’s vision for a healthy, thriving Yarra is included in the new laws.
Many people attended the first community forum, which will help us establish a community vision for the Yarra. They heard from interesting speakers about how the River has changed and what it could be in the future. And had a say on the future of the Yarra.
Is the air you breathe killing you?
24th February 2015
Over 200 people joined a panel of experts and community members including Professor Tim Flannery from the Climate Council to discuss the problem and impacts of air pollution in Australia.
Air pollution kills more than 3000 Australians a year.
People in communities all over Australia are exposed on a daily basis to unsafe air pollution from coal, diesel transport, smelters and other industries.
This was a free event hosted by Environmental Justice Australia at Deakin Edge, Federation Square as part of the Sustainable Living Festival 2015.
Water Citizenship – advancing community involvement in water management
4th February 2015
In 2014, Environmental Justice Australia embarked on a project to explore how easy it is for communities to be involved in decision-making processes about the use, management and regulation of water ecosystems in Victoria.
Our finding – its not easy.
But we have also looked at how the situation could change to provide greater opportunities for public interest community participation.
This was the launch of our report Water citizenship - Advancing community involvement in water governance in Victoria where we heard from the author of the report Bruce Lindsay, plus guest speakers, on why community involvement in water governance is so important, the current barriers to community involvement and how they can be overcome.
Presentation by Dr Cameron Holley (opens external link to prezi.com)
Presentation by Bruce Lindsay (PDF, 744KB)
Nature protection in Victoria – taking stock, looking forward
27 August 2014
Laws and institutions that protect nature in Victoria are either in a state of neglect or going backwards.
It’s a depressing picture but one what we need to be clear about if we are to turn things around and begin the process of imagining a better future. A discussion was lead by Brendan Sydes and was joined by Matt Ruchel from the VNPA who talked about conservation priorities for protecting Victoria’s Natural Heritage.
Clearing the air: environmental injustice and air pollution
8 July 2014
The impacts of air pollution affect everybody but they affect some far worse than others. The most polluted places are typically less well off and the most vulnerable are those who are already sick.
Environmental Justice Australia has highlighted these issues in our recent report Clearing the Air: Why Australia Urgently Needs Effective National Air Pollution Laws. Brad Jessup, a human geographer and an environmental law specialist from the University of Melbourne joined Nicola Rivers in this seminar which looked at the issues surrounding the impacts of air pollution and how best to regulate it to protect both human health and the environment.
Building Community Resilience in the Sharing Economy - Public Lecture
13 February 2014
Community-supported enterprise + cooperatives + local investing + social enterprise + local currencies + micro-enterprise + sharing…. these all add up to local, resilient economies. But it can be difficult to picture how we’ll get there. The more our economies falter, the more we feel stuck - stuck in jobs we don’t like, stuck buying cheap unsustainable products, stuck patronizing the same old huge corporations, stuck in traffic…. How do we get from stuck economies to resilient sharing economies? With the help of lively cartoon images, attorney and Executive Director of the Sustainable Economies Law Center, Janelle Orsi, helped us visualize some of the next critical steps and how a new sharing economy can actually work.
Legal frameworks for the rights of nature
01 October 2013
The work of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.
The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund is working with communities in the United States and in countries around the world on grassroots organising, public education and outreach, research, and legislative drafting - assisting people, NGOs, elected representatives, and government officials to craft and adopt new laws that change the status of natural communities and ecosystems from being regarded as property under the law to being recognized as rights-bearing entities.
Through this work, the Legal Defense Fund has assisted more than three dozen communities in the U.S., and assisted the Constituent Assembly of Ecuador, to put in place a new paradigm to protect nature - a paradigm based on rights. This seminar heard from both Thomas Linzey, Director CELDF & Mari Margil, Associate Director CELDF.
Thomas Linzey & Mari Margil:
Regulating groundwater use for environmental protection
03 July 2013
Groundwater has an important role in the environment, supporting surface water systems and its own ecosystems. It is also under pressure like never before, from over-extraction and contamination, as it is used for drinking or agricultural use, or interfered with by mines and coal seam gas extraction.
With the increased pressure on groundwater, it was timely to have a discussion about whether the laws in place are adequate to protect our precious groundwater resources, with presentations from Dr W.F. (Bill) Humphreys – Senior Curator, Western Australian Museum, Collections and Research, Ian Potts – Member, Victorian Civil Administrative Tribunal and Rebecca Nelson – Program Leader, Comparative Groundwater Law and Policy Program, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.
Please note: The podcast is of the presentations only and does not include the questions afterwards. Dr W.F. (Bill) Humphreys presented via Skype and there is some interference both in his presentation and the first part of Ian Potts' presentation.
Dr W.F. (Bill) Humphreys: