The evidence is stark
The Environment Council of Central Queensland has provided Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek with evidence from 3000 documents and spreadsheets, documenting the direct and indirect impacts of climate change.
For the first time, detailed Fire impact maps demonstrate the devastating impact of climate-fuelled bushfire on the species and places under the environment minister’s watch.
With excruciating clarity, this evidence paints a grim picture of the current and projected climate risks to thousands of matters of national environmental significance.
ECoCeQ is arguing Australia’s environment minister Tanya Plibersek has a responsibility to consider the immense and indisputable risks of harm from climate damage, posed by new coal and gas proposals, on Australia’s living wonders.
Read the Legal argument report
Read Annexure 1 - Scientific and expert reports
Read Annexure 2 - Evidence of climate harm
Annexure 2.1 – Spreadsheets of data
Annexure 2.2 Part A – Documents on Ecological Communities, Listed Migratory Species, Marine Environments, National Heritage Places
Annexure 2.2 Part B – Documents on Ramsar wetlands, threatened fauna, threatened flora, World Heritage properties
Annexure 2.3 – Fire impact maps
Read the Reconsideration Requests
Narrabri coal mine expansion – Whitehaven Coal – north western NSW
Mount Pleasant Optimisation Project – MACH Energy Australia – Upper Hunter, NSW
Ensham coal mine life extension – Idemitsu – Bowen Basin, central Qld
North West Shelf Extension – Woodside Energy – Pilbara, WA
Alpha North Coal Mine Project – Waratah Coal – Galilee Basin, western Qld
Gas Supply Security Project, Australia Pacific LNG – Surat and Bowen Basins, central and south-west Qld
Baralaba South Coal Project – Mount Ramsay Coal Company – Bowen Basin, central Qld
Moorlands open cut coal mining project – Cuesta Coal – Bowen Basin, central Qld
Saraji East coal mining project – BHP Billiton Mitsubishi BM Alliance – central Qld
Winchester South coal mine project – Whitehaven – central Qld
Lake Vermont Meadowbrook Coal Mine Project – Bowen Basin Coal – central Qld
Boggabri coal mine expansion – Idemitsu – northern NSW
Meandu Mine King 2 East Project – TEC Coal (Stanwell) – south east Qld
Caval Ridge Mine Horse Pit Extension – BHP Mitsubishi Alliance – Bowen Basin, central Qld
China Stone Coal Mine Project – MacMines Austasia – Galilee Basin, central Qld
The Range Project – Stanmore Coal – Surat Basin, central Qld
Valeria Project – Glencore’s subsidiary Valeria Coal Holdings – Bowen Basin, central, Qld
Spur Hill Underground Coking Coal Project – Spur Hill Management – Upper Hunter Valley, NSW
Explore the evidence on Australia's living wonders
This is about all of it. Koalas and platypuses. Turtles, orchids and big old trees. Birds that traverse the planet to nest in our internationally recognised wetlands, and whales that nurse their calves in our seas.
It’s about delicate alpine ecosystems, thunderous waterfalls and ochre-toned escarpments. It’s about the living cultural heritage of First Nations people. It’s about Kakadu. The Tarkine. The Reef.
Explore the coal and gas proposals
Right now, dozens of coal and gas proposals are sitting on our Environment Minister’s desk, awaiting approval.
This includes proposals for brand new coal mines and expansions, for new gas wells and ports. And proposals to keep digging and burning fossil fuels for decades more – one until 2070.
Where will you be in 2070? Will we still share this continent with thousands of living wonders?
Donate to fund this legal intervention
Running landmark litigation to challenge climate harm is a mammoth task. ECoCeQ’s Living Wonders court cases are only possible thanks to the critical support of people like you.
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