As concerned citizens in Europe and the US take governments to the courts for their failure to act on climate change, Dr Graeme McLeay asks whether the Australian government should now stand accused of the same negligence.
Australia is among the world’s highest per capita emitters; our greenhouse gas pollution levels, excluding land use, were the highest on record up to June 2018 for the third consecutive year and are likely to continue rising under a business as usual scenario; we are amongst the highest exporters of coal and soon to be gas; we are unlikely to meet our Paris targets; and we have no policies to change any of these.
Will no well-appointed legal firm volunteer to help their children and grandchildren, and ours, bring the Government to account?
Read the full oped which was published in the Canberra Times on 6 October 2018
Dr Graeme McLeay is a retired anaesthetist and a member of Doctors for the Environment Australia
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