Rights of future generations

Legal actions by children across the world (including Sharma v Minister for Environment in Australia) have called out governments over decisions that contribute to the climate and environmental crises.  These challenges generally argue that the government owes a duty of care to children and is negligent where it fails to consider their health and wellbeing when making decisions.

What’s been happening?

What’s coming up?
  • Early 2024 – The ACT government will debate its Healthy Environment Bill and the Qld government will conduct a review of its Human Rights Act 2019, including specific consideration of adding a right to a healthy environment
  • 26 June 2024 – Senate inquiry report into Climate Change Duty of Care Bill
  • Throughout 2024 – consultation on new national laws, including reforms to recognise intergenerational equity (see EPBC Reforms)

What is the AEGN doing?
  • Updating members on policy progress and campaigns on relevant issues
  • Promoting youth and First Nations membership on relevant advisory committees and as speakers at events
  • Working with eNGOs to promote First Nations groups and caring for country initiatives as leaders in intergenerational thinking and custodianship

What can AEGN members do?
  • Sign the petition in support of the Duty of Care Bill
  • Use the Nature Funding Framework (Lever 2 – Legal) to inform funding decisions
  • Mentor youth and First Nations members within eNGOs, and encourage involvement on boards and committees

    Current Clearinghouse projects:
    • No current project for this topic

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It’s been exciting to see the growth in sophistication of how the AEGN operates. For the benefit of all.

Hayley Morris, Morris Family Foundation