As Victor Hugo famously said, it is impossible to resist an idea whose time has come. The interdependence of human rights and the environment is an idea whose time is here.
So says the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment in his report outlining framework principles that he will urge the Human Rights Council to adopt later this year.
There are a lot of excellent community climate events coming up in southern Tasmania. Hope you can get along to some of them!
6-7 Feb: Frontiers in Environmental Law – research colloquium
8-10 Feb: Imagining a Different Future – international climate justice conference
8 Feb: Public talk – Climate Ethics Amidst Climate Injustice
10 Feb: Climate Justice Community event
14 Feb: Hobart City Council Climate Strategy Community Forums
26 Feb: Climate Solutions Luncheon with Paul Hawkens, hosted by Sustainable Living Tasmania
Revised draft legislation to introduce a new process for declaring and assessing “major projects” is currently out for public comment until 29 January 2018.
Enjoy the last EDO Tas Bulletin for 2017 – covering climate policies, TWWHA updates, the salmon growth plan and a call for nominations for National heritage places, threatened species and ecological processes.
Image: The Mercury
Heritage fines, fish kills, wild deer, climate strategies, solar panels, RTI delays, and the world’s largest MPA. Plus heaps of events, and our Christmas cards.
All this and more in the latest EDO Tas Bulletin!
The Finfish Farming Environmental Regulation Act 2017 came into effect on 4 December 2017, making changes to the Marine Farming Planning Act 1995, Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 and the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994.
Antarctic Petrel, (c) Dr Eric Woehler
Today celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959, and ongoing international cooperation on protection, research and conservation of the continent. Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are home to many species (not just whales and penguins!) and provide critical scientific insights into climate change, fisheries and marine management.
This year, Antarctica Day also marks the coming into effect of the world’s largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea.
To find out more about the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources and the outcomes of the most recent annual meeting (held in Hobart in October), click here.
The Parks and Wildlife Service has confirmed that they are investigating illegal off-road activity in takayna / the Tarkine after reports made over the weekend. While we commend PWS for investigating, the Minister needs to explicitly condemn the ongoing unlawful use of vehicles within the Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape.
For information about the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre’s court cases to prevent vehicles in the area damaging significant national heritage values, click here.
Court challenge to the RFA exemption, major projects legislation to be re-worked, how Turkey, Mexico and even the US beat Australia in the climate action rankings, and the fight for national glory between the ibis and the magpie.
All this and more in the latest edition of the EDO Tas Bulletin.
We did it! A record 32 members of Team EDO walked or ran to the top of kunanyi on Sunday.
Heartfelt thanks to everyone who has donated to date. There’s still time to chip in a few dollars and help the team reach our target of $25,000. Donate here.