Energy & Climate

Avoiding dangerous climate change and moving to clean energy is an international emergency. Queensland is the hot spot of massive proposed thermal coal mining and coal seam gas expansion, especially in the Galilee Basin. These expansions are placing a strain on our Great Barrier Reef from multiple angles, but none more so than climate change.

Working to ensure we have clean energy and a safe climate is our fastest growing area of work, based on demand from our communities. We help the community use the law to advance clean energy in a fast and fair way, and to keep our climate safe.

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Key issues

Avoiding dangerous climate change and moving to clean energy is an international emergency. Queensland is the hot spot of proposed massive thermal coal mining and coal seam gas expansion, especially in the Galilee Basin. These expansions are also placing strain on our Great Barrier Reef.

 

 

What EDO is doing to help

EDO Qld provides legal advice to community groups and landholders. If there is a good case, we will represent those groups to take legal action in Queensland and Commonwealth Courts. Our lawyers also prepare handbooks for the community to help them understand legal options. We write legal reports, and undertake advocacy for improved laws and enforcement.

The powerful outcome of those Court cases is the public exposure of the costs and benefits of each of the mine projects; when the true impacts on climate and the environment and the real economic impact are laid bare, thus discouraging approvals or tightening key conditions. Our advice work assists community groups to target their efforts to the most appropriate avenue. The reports and advocacy work lead to tightening the laws, supporting clean energy and exposing the true issues.


 

Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO Qld) gives a strong legal voice to the environment when needed most.

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