Climate: Torres Strait Islanders sue federal government over failure to protect their land from rising sea levels

Pabai Pabai (left) and Paul Kabai on the jetty in Boigu, a low-lying island in the Torres Strait. They are taking the government to court, insisting it exercise its duty of care to them and prevent catastrophic climate change and sea level rise.

Pabai Pabai (left) and Paul Kabai on the jetty in Boigu, a low-lying island in the Torres Strait. They are taking the government to court, insisting it exercise its duty of care to them and prevent catastrophic climate change and sea level rise. 

Two Torres Strait community leaders are taking the Australian government to the Federal Court, alleging it failed to protect First Nations traditional owners living on the front line of catastrophic climate change.

In the first Australian climate class action brought on behalf of First Nations people, the Gudamalulgal traditional owners from the remote, low-lying islands of Boigu and Saibai say the government’s failure to reduce emissions will force their communities to become Australia’s first climate-change refugees.

Source: Climate: Torres Strait Islanders sue federal government over failure to protect their land from rising sea levels