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In the fight for climate justice, litigation is taking the lead

In the small islands of the Torres Strait in northeastern Australia, sea levels are rising at a rate of up to 8 mm per year. Along with extreme weather events wrecking houses, sacred sites, and food sources, its Indigenous Peoples are facing an existential threat.

A complaint was filed by eight islanders and six of their children, and last September the United Nations Human Rights Committee delivered a landmark decision: the Australian government was violating its human rights obligations through climate change inaction.

Today, we are at the nexus of a worsening climate crisis, with violent floods, choking wildfires, and life-draining drought and heat waves taking place worldwide. Current policies are on course to bring the world to a 2.8-degree temperature rise by the end of the century.

More and more people, from diverse geographical and social backgrounds, are holding governments and the private sector accountable through litigation.

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