Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action Incorporated v Environment Protection Authority
Jurisdiction: Land and Environment Court
Side A: Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action (Ngo)
Side B: New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (Government)
Bush fire victims sought to compel greenhouse gas regulation
On April 20, 2020, Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action brought a civil enforcement proceeding to compel the New South Wales Environmental Protection Authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. The plaintiffs, represented by the New South Wales Environmental Defenders Office, are Australians who allege that they have been harmed by bush fires made likely or more intense by climate change. According to news reports, the case was brought under the New South Wales Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, which requires the Environmental Protection Authority to “develop environmental quality objectives, guidelines and policies to ensure environment protection."