Our environment laws are there to protect the air we breathe, our wildlife and the places we love.
Yet under these laws, our governments can choose short term gain over our living world. The laws are too weak stop our decision makers from approving polluting projects like Adani’s giant Carmichael coal mine, which could irreversibly damage the Great Barrier Reef.
Under these laws, 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 health and damage our climate. They can overuse our oceans and land and drive our wildlife to extinction. The system is not working.
It's time for a new generation of 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 companies 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.
We need laws that protect life, not allow it to be destroyed.
Good laws will protect Australia’s natural places – the mountains that catch drinking water for our cities, the habitat our wildlife calls home, the places we explore with friends and family and the forests that cool our climate.