Dear Prime Minister, Minister Bowen, and Minister Burney, we call on you to urgently commit a significant increase in funding for seawalls and adaptation measures in the Torres Strait. Torres Strait Islanders are on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Advancing seas are already threatening homes, as well as damaging fresh water supplies, crops, burial grounds and sacred cultural sites.
It is critical that seawall and adaptation measures have sufficient funding, are supported by Traditional Owners who have the Indigenous knowledge required to ensure they are implemented properly, and are backed by high-quality scientific and technical support.
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There is an urgent need for the federal government to fund seawalls across the Torres Strait.
Advancing seas are already threatening homes and damaging fresh water supplies, crops, burial grounds and sacred cultural sites.
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Meet the #TorresStrait8
Zenadh Kes (the Torres Strait Islands & surrounding seas) is home to Traditional Owners who have lived with a deep connection to land, sea, sky and culture for over 60,000 years.
Right now, Torres Strait Islanders are on the frontlines of the climate crisis and urgent action is needed to ensure they can remain on their homelands. Advancing seas are already threatening homes, as well as damaging fresh water supplies, crops, burial grounds and sacred cultural sites.
Our Islands Our Home is a campaign led by Torres Strait Islanders to protect their island homes.
On 23 September 2022, the Torres Strait 8 made international legal history after the United Nations Human RIghts Committee found that the Australian Government is violating its human rights obligations to Torres Strait Islanders by failing to act on climate change.
The landmark decision obliges the Government to do whatever it takes to ensure the safe existence of the Torres Strait Islands. It also sets a precedent for Indigenous Peoples all around the world
Now, Torres Strait Islanders are building community support urging the Albanese Government to adopt the five demands of the campaign and protect Zenadh Kes from climate damage.