Young environmental activists in Australia consoled themselves in a courtroom in Sydney on Tuesday as the nation’s Federal Court overturned a landmark ruling on climate change.

The decision reversed the original ruling by the Australian Supreme Court that the Environment Minister had a “duty of care” to the younger generation in approving new fossil fuel projects.

The federal tribunal was unanimous in finding in favor of Environment Minister Sussan Ley’s appeal against a judge’s ruling that she had a duty of care not to damage children in the deliberation on whether to approve a coal project.

Mordy Bromberg, the judge in the case, ruled then that the government had a responsibility to protect the young generation from their imminent harm.

The original case was filed by eight school children and a nun, who asked Australia’s environment minister to protect the children from the future damage of climate change.

Minister for the Environment (Australia)

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

Sussan Ley

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)

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