Living Wonders climate cases in courtIn coming weeks, EJA lawyers will represent a small environment group from Queensland in the Federal Court, to protect Australia’s living wonders from climate harm. Two coal mining companies, Whitehaven Coal and MACH energy, are defending the Environment Minister’s refusal to act on the scientific evidence of climate risk. Our client hopes these cases will transform how Australia’s Environment Ministers think about climate risk – and mean the climate harm from new coal and gas is never ignored again. Explore the evidence and read more about the game-changing potential of these climate cases.
The UN is investigating toxic coal pollution in Australia This week, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxics is visiting communities living near coal-fired power stations in the Latrobe Valley in Victoria and the Lake Macquarie Hunter Region of NSW to investigate toxic pollution. From chronic illnesses to contaminated land and waterways, these communities and EJA lawyers have spoken out about the serious health and environmental impacts of coal pollution for years. Read more about the UN visit and what happens next.
EJA lawyers call for human rights frameworkDid you know Australian law is lagging behind its international counterparts in protecting human rights? And that your right to live in a healthy environment is not protected at all in Australia?Different states and territories have different approaches and regimes, so there’s no consistent approach to protecting human rights – leaving Australia increasingly isolated as a nation without federal human rights recognition and protection.That’s why EJA lawyers Ally McAlpine and Elke Nicholson have addressed a Commonwealth Parliament Inquiry into Australia’s human rights framework. Read more about the rights they are asking the committee to protect.
Thanks for speaking out on mining lawsThe Victorian Government has passed a Bill to gut Victoria’s mining laws – and literally take the word ‘sustainable’ out of mining regulation. Although the Bill passed, your incredible outcry has put enormous pressure on the Victorian government. While the outcome is disappointing, it won’t stop us holding mining corporations to high standards to protect our health, our environment, and our future. Read more.
It’s time for decisive legal action to turn the climate and extinction crisis around.Your donation will support game-changing climate litigation and legal advocacy that puts justice at the heart of action.With your support so far, we’ve grown our climate team from one to four lawyers to deliver an ambitious climate program.
We’re hiring!Are you passionate about environmental justice? We’re looking for good humans to join the EJA team, and work with us on game-changing litigation and legal interventions. We’re currently looking for our next:Head of fundraising Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander paid internsApply now!
Volunteer with usAre you a law or undergraduate student looking to gain experience in public interest environment law?EJA volunteers do vital legal research and assist on casework and projects. You’ll work on on game-changing litigation and legal interventions, and help use the law to seek justice for communities, our climate and nature.Read more and apply now.
Meet EJA: Mera Sivanesan A warm welcome to our newest addition to the justice dream team, Mera! Mera is part of the Eelam Tamil diaspora and was raised on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation in Canada. Her work focuses on supporting First Nations peoples in exercising their caring for Country rights and obligations. Before EJA, Mera worked as a lawyer at a national community legal centre assisting survivors of child sexual abuse on their redress and compensation options. She’s also spent many years working and volunteering in refugee and asylum seeker advocacy, mental health, homelessness, and family violence. When Mera isn’t busy crafting brilliant legal strategies, you can find her crafting crochet blankets, going for walks with her family, and trying her hand at visible mending. Mera grew up in a family of avid green thumbs and also enjoys gardening and plant propagation. Mera holds a Juris Doctor degree from Monash University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto. Each month, we profile someone in our team, so you get to know the people behind the work we do. Meet the full EJA team