We need laws that protect life, not allow it to be destroyed

Our environment laws are here to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink and the wildlife and places we love.

Yet under these laws today, our governments are allowing companies to mine more, frack faster and dredge deeper with little oversight.

Companies are allowed to pollute our air and water, harm our living planet and damage our climate. They can overuse our oceans and land and drive wildlife to extinction.

The system is not working.

It's time for a new generation of environment laws

Our laws must protect our communities and our reefs, rivers, forests and wildlife from pollution, overuse and extinction. And they must stop climate pollution – now one of the biggest drivers of environmental destruction.

Big polluters must not get away with damaging life. Strong laws give communities a say, not just corporations with deep pockets. They stop the extinction of our wildlife and protect the places we love, rather than gutting them for short-term gain. They make sure no one can damage what sustains us or take more than their fair share.

That's why the Places You Love Alliance and APEEL (Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law) have mapped out a blueprint for a new generation of environment laws. 

Laws that will empower our communities, protect our reefs, rivers, forests and wildlife and ensure we have a thriving and sustainable economy that supports the whole web of life.

When our laws fail to protect the air we breathe, our wildlife and the places we love, it is clear the system is failing us.

News | 20 July 17

Legal advice: Adani’s dodgy enviro plan grounds for revocation of approval

“This is significant new information about how a mining company has sought to manipulate our laws for their own gain, at the expense of Australia’s native wildlife."

News | 09 June 17

Building a blueprint for a new generation of environmental laws

Laws that protect the air we breathe, the water we drink and the places we love.

News | 12 April 17

New legal advice - NAIF investment in Adani coal infrastructure likely illegal due to financial risks

The company directors of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) are likely to be in breach of their duties if they approve a loan for a controversial coal railway in Queensland, according to legal advice received by Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF).

News | 07 March 17

State of Environment shows need to increase funding for Australia’s wildlife, reefs, rivers and forests

Big polluters, mining companies and land clearers continue to greedily grab nature’s gifts – our forests, rivers, air and seas – and exploit them for profit.

News | 26 February 17

After logging started, they found this

Near the famous 350-year-old Ada tree, Vicforests just clear-felled magnificent mountain ash forest. Volunteers from Wildlife of the Central Highlands searched all night to find a critically endangered Leadbeater's Possum in the logging coup. It's time for the Victorian Premier to protect our tall forests in a great new national park.

News | 03 February 17

Victorian government has one year to reform logging industry

Regional Forest Agreements are flawed and should be replaced