Australian Youth Climate Activists File Class Action Suit to Block Coal Mine Expansion

HeadlineMar 02, 2021

In Australia, eight youth climate activists and a nun have filed a landmark class action lawsuit that would force the Australian federal government to stop approving new fossil fuel projects. The suit was filed in response to a proposal by a coal corporation to extend its mine in northern New South Wales. Sixteen-year-old climate justice advocate Anjali Sharma is the lead plaintiff in the suit.

Anj Sharma: “This is a crisis that disproportionately affects people of color, young people and marginalized people around the world. So, yes, I’m terrified. I’m terrified about hearing the Pacific Islands sink into the sea. I’m terrified about hearing the increasing prevalence of natural disasters like bushfires and droughts and floods.”

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