Vanuatu is leading the charge to take the world’s biggest problem to the world’s highest court.
Australia must back them.
For the first time, the International Court of Justice may consider the rights of present and future generations to be protected from climate change.
An advisory opinion* from the court would be a monumental step forward. It could strengthen the Paris Agreement and influence climate policy locally and globally.
But Vanuatu needs our vote.
In order to proceed to the court, Vanuatu’s proposal needs a majority vote at the UN General Assembly in September 2022.
Ask Anthony Albanese to vote ‘yes’ for climate justiceThe new Australian Government says they’ll take real action on climate change and reset our relationship with the Pacific.
Ask them to back Vanuatu’s call for a landmark climate case in the International Court of Justice.
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Stand with Pacific students in their fight for climate justice
Before being taken up by the Government of Vanuatu, the push for an International Court of Justice advisory opinion on the human rights impacts of climate change was first championed by a group of law students from the Pacific Islands.
They had seen firsthand the devastating effects of climate change on their homes and environment, effects now being felt in Australia and all over the world.
The great injustice of climate change is that the people who have done the least to cause it will feel its effects the most — people living in poverty, young people and future generations.
But it’s not too late to stem the tide, and help the most vulnerable communities adapt.
Find out more about Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change and ask Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to back their call.
* Legal advice provided to the UN, which can only be requested with the approval of the majority of UN General Assembly members. How does the International Court of Justice work?