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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.
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.
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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