As media reports reported on Monday, the Australian Government has begun its legal challenge to a landmark Federal Court ruling that it has a duty of care to protect children from future injuries suffered from climate change.

In May Anjali Sharma, a 17-year-old of Indian origins from Melbourne, and seven other teenagers conservationists led the legal spat against the Australian government.

Sharma and the group had argued that the continued release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere will fuel intense bushfires, floods, storms, and cyclones, leaving them vulnerable to injury, disease, loss of economic life, and even death,

They demanded the court stop an application from Environment Minister Sussan Ley to permit a proposal to expand the Vickery coal mine in northern New South Wales.

“We will proudly defend the historic choice that all Australian kids have a duty of care and an obligation from the government to protect my generation from the mounting risks of climate change,” Sharma was quoted in an Associated Press statement.

The ruling has been hailed as a notable victory for the teens and group of global climate activists.

The prime minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, earlier this week confirmed he will attend a climate conference in Glasgow next month but his government counterparts are yet to agree on a commitment to net zero.

Her defence lawyers have also argued that duty of care is “violative of the law” and is distorting her ability as a minister.

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Sussan Penelope Ley is an Australian Liberal Party politician serving as Minister for the Environment since 2019, and has served as Member of Parliament for Farrer since 2001. (wikipedia)

Greta Thunberg

Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg ; born 3 January 2003) is a Swedish environmental activist who is known for challenging world leaders to take immediate action for climate change mitigation. (wikipedia)

Federal Court of Australia

The Federal Court of Australia is an Australian superior court of record which has jurisdiction to deal with most civil disputes governed by federal law , along with some summary criminal matters. (wikipedia)

Scott Morrison

Scott John Morrison is an Australian politician serving as the 30th and current prime minister of Australia. He assumed office in August 2018 upon his election as leader of the Liberal Party. (wikipedia)

Minister for the Environment (Australia)

The Australian Minister for the Environment is The Hon. Sussan Ley MP since May 2019. (wikipedia)

Supreme Court of the United States

The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest court in the federal judiciary of the United States of America. (wikipedia)