Rainbows in the Court Room: How the Law Can Protect Our Environment

Castan Centre for Human Rights Law

Short and long videos of our event with David Ritter, CEO of Greenpeace Australia, can be found at the bottom of this article.

By Asher Hirsch

By the end of the century, scientists predict that without serious policy changes the world’s temperature will rise by four degrees Celsius. According to the World Bank, the effects of this rise would be devastating: “the inundation of coastal cities; increasing risks for food production potentially leading to higher malnutrition rates; many dry regions becoming dryer, wet regions wetter; unprecedented heat waves in many regions, especially in the tropics; substantially exacerbated water scarcity in many regions; increased frequency of high-intensity tropical cyclones; and irreversible loss of biodiversity, including coral reef systems.” At a Centre event, held during a nine day record breaking heatwave, David Ritter, CEO of Greenpeace Australia, spoke about these effects of climate change and the way the law can be used…

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