Democratic rights

Environmental Justice Australia helps communities gain access to justice, whether it’s defending community members’ right to object to inappropriate developments, defending the right to advocate and protest, being a watchdog of EPAs (environmental protection agencies), or helping communities navigate complex environmental impact assessments when new mines are proposed.

The principle of environmental justice holds that it is unjust for one part of the community to bear more than its share of environmental burden (and associated impacts such as those on human health).

Communities in Melbourne’s west have long endured pollution and health impacts from landfills, heavy truck traffic and toxic dumping, so we work with groups like MTAG – the Maribyrnong Truck Action Group – and WREC – the Western Region Environment Centre – to help those communities enforce their democratic rights.

International experts slam Victorian power station regulation

September 21, 2018

The Sycom incinerator in Paris (pic by Jane Bremer)

Plans to burn rubbish must be scrutinised for impact on health and environment

June 29, 2018

Community rights a welcome feature of Victorian bill

June 21, 2018

Let’s reduce our landfill waste

April 23, 2018

Western suburbs residents feel ignored and brushed off

March 26, 2018

Community to challenge growth of ‘Werribee Mountain’

February 6, 2018

Bob Brown’s win in the High Court

October 18, 2017

New workshops on mining assessments

July 24, 2017

Environmental advocacy central to democracy

July 20, 2017

Democratic rights: news and media

January 20, 2021

UN Human Rights Council Members Urge Australia to Adopt Stronger Climate Measures Now to Protect Human Rights

September 21, 2018

International experts slam Victoria’s failure to control power station pollution

August 14, 2018

Wyndham’s eyesore tip gets expansion green light (Bay 93.9)

July 27, 2018

Submission to Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry

June 25, 2018

Community enforcement a step further (Latrobe Valley Express)

June 22, 2018

Submission on the Victorian Clean Air Statement