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What does the landmark Dutch climate ruling mean for Queensland?

20 July, 2015

What does the landmark Dutch climate ruling mean for Queensland and how can the public use the law to tackle climate change in our state and across Australia?

Dutch climate litigation superstar Marjan Minnesma will join the state’s leading community legal centre for the environment, EDO Qld, in a public forum in Brisbane on Tuesday 21 July from 6-8pm at the State Library of Queensland.

Ms Minnesma is director of organisation Urgenda, who last month won a landmark climate change legal challenge against the Dutch government that forced the state to adopt more stringent climate policies including the reduction of global emissions.

“I am coming to Brisbane to support EDO Qld in our quest to empower a growing public movement to use the law to tackle climate change,” Ms Minnesma said.

“Many governments are simply not doing anywhere near enough to tackle climate change – this is particularly the case in Australia,” she said.

“When governments fail in their duty to act to protect their own people, increasingly it’s down to us to step up and protect ourselves.

“Around the world, groups are getting increasingly savvy in using the law to stop pollution and ensure action on climate change.

"Australia has expert lawyers willing to help you tackle the issue of climate change, join us on Tuesday night and find out how we can do it together.”

Hosted by EDO Qld and streamed live, the forum will explore Urgenda's win as well as what the courts can deliver citizens on climate change in Queensland and Australia. There will also be a Q&A with speakers.

EDO Qld Principal Solicitor Sean Ryan said while EDO Qld had been working at the forefront of climate change cases for the past decade, public interest in using the law to tackle climate change is stronger now than ever.

“Australian Governments are actively avoiding considering the climate change impacts of the expansion of our fossil fuel industry,” Mr Ryan, who will also address the forum, said.

“Join Marjan and EDO Qld as we explore how groups in Queensland can follow Urgenda’s lead and take climate change to the courts.”

Following her Brisbane appearance, Marjan will join EDO NSW in Sydney from 23 to 24 July before heading to Melbourne to talk with EJA.

To RSVP to the free public forum or to watch it live online visit

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

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