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Podcast: Sharma ruling finds climate change duty of care for Environment Minister over coal mine

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It's generally accepted that large-scale coal burning has contributed significantly to man-made climate change. It's also accepted that unchecked climate change will have a devastating global impact, particularly for young people set to live through its worst effects.

Sister Brigid and Anjali Sharma one of the teenagers who brought the duty of care case against the Environment Minister. Picture: Supplied

Sister Brigid and Anjali Sharma one of the teenagers who brought the duty of care case against the Environment Minister. Picture: Supplied

So who is responsible for protecting Australian children from the potential harm of climate change?

When any coal mine is approved in Australia it needs to meet certain environmental standards such as the impact on groundwater or biodiversity.

But the responsibility has never really been put on our decision makers to consider how a mining project's coal emissions might cause harm to children.

Some farmers in north-western NSW campaigned against the Vickery Coal Mine. Picture: Rachael Webb

Some farmers in north-western NSW campaigned against the Vickery Coal Mine. Picture: Rachael Webb

That is until now. After eight teenagers and an 86-year-old Catholic nun took on the government: and won.

On this episode of Voice of Real Australia we speak to those involved in this landmark court case, as well as farmers in north-western New South Wales impacted by the decision.

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This story Eight kids and a nun walk into court, and it's no joke for rural Aussies first appeared on Newcastle Herald.