April 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the latest edition of the EDO WA eNewsletter.

I am very excited to announce that the former Chief Justice of the High Court, Robert French and Emeritus Professor John Bailey (Murdoch University and convenor of the Leeuwin Group of Concerned Scientists) have both agreed to present at EDO WA’s first event for 2017 on Thursday 11 May at FLUX in Perth. This seminar event will be centred around the theme of “Access to Environmental Justice”. The seminar will also  provide an opportunity for us to launch a crowdfunding campaign to enable EDO WA to continue to provide environmental justice through 2017 and beyond. Further details to come, but for now please save the date!

In this edition you will find information about the Government’s review of its climate change policies given Australia’s 2030 target and Paris Agreement commitments. EDO WA  will be contributing to an EDOs of Australia submission on the review. The public review period closes on 5 May. There has also been some very interesting climate change litigation recently in several countries. We have summarised some of those recent cases below as examples of where courts have been prepared to step in, particularly in circumstances where governments have not been prepared to act on climate change.

Declan Doherty.

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