Empower people and places under threat
We are part of an international movement using the law to protect wildlife, people and our planet.
More than ever, communities and creatures across Australia urgently need our help, and we need you to help provide access to justice and advance the law.
Exactly one year ago, I wrote to our supporters about the climate litigation cases we were preparing to go to Court, representing community groups as they defended their land, water, farms, heritage, towns and wild places against coal mining projects that would not only have serious social, cultural and environmental impacts locally, but also contribute to dangerous climate change.
One year on, sustained by dedicated people like you, we’ve won some major battles. The ground-breaking judgment in the case of Gloucester Resources Ltd v Minister for Planning & Groundswell Gloucester set a new standard in Australian environmental and planning law, and put us on the map in terms of international climate litigation.
This judgment has been covered by international media, reported on and analysed by dozens of law firms and mentioned in the board rooms of Australia’s leading financial institutions.
But the fight is far from over. As last year’s UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report, and this month’s Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Report on global species extinction illustrate in terrible detail, we need to do much more to avoid the destruction of our shared home.
There is much more we need to do, and little time to do it. You can help by making a gift today.
Across NSW, Australia and the South Pacific, communities like Gloucester face threats to their homes and livelihoods, their cultural and architectural heritage, social and emotional wellbeing, landscapes and wildlife. You can give them access to justice and a chance to stand up to powerful forces threatening everything they – and we – hold dear.
We need to raise $100,000 by June 30 in order to provide the core support our expert litigation, education and law reform teams need to underpin this work. Your generosity will help empower people and communities under threat.
Now’s absolutely the time to act – the Rocky Hill judgment shows that the law can work to protect us, as long as it’s applied in a way that gives the necessary weight to the health of humans, animals, plants and our shared home.
Thank you for your commitment to stand with us to protect the environment and advance the law,
CEO - Solicitor
A message from Julie Lyford, chair of Groundswell Gloucester:
The community of Gloucester and most importantly the affected residents are absolutely delighted that they can now get on with their lives. The uncertainty and anxious waiting is over.
The decade-long fight to protect our homes, families and the beautiful Gloucester valley has been arduous and distressing. The community can now move forward with progressive and sustainable industry.
Indeed, since the news in early 2016 regarding AGL not proceeding with their 330-well gas field, then the refusal of the Rocky Hill coal mine, house prices have risen and housing stock as well as new builds are in hot demand. Tourism this Easter weekend was very strong. Service industries and light industrial business continue to grow. Gloucester has always been a desirable destination to visit, live and grow the economy.
With climate change threatening the planet, we owe it to this and future generations to step away from fossil fuel, embrace renewables and work towards just transitions.
EDO NSW has been the backbone of all environmental community campaigns.