We’re making a complaint about Australia at the UN for failing to protect us as citizens


My name is Yessie, I’m a Zenadh Kes Masig man, living in the Kulkalgal tribe area in the Central Torres Strait Islands, one of eight claimants taking the Australian government to the UN for failing to act on climate change, endangering our lives.

Today I am calling on you to help launch our campaign - Our Islands Our Home. We’re trying to raise $20,000 to kick off our campaign, can you chip in?

The Torres Strait is made up of 133 islands just north of Queensland. Each Torres Strait island is similar, but we have distinct cultures that set us apart. Our ties to land and sea are strong, but climate change threatens to take away so much of what makes us who we are.

That’s why we’re making a complaint about Australia at the UN, for failing to protect us as citizens, and it’s why we’re calling for support.

Your contribution will fund:

  • A camera and microphone for me to capture the stories and images of our people to share with the rest of the world
    • Strategy sessions and trainings for Torres Strait Islanders who want to build their organising and campaigning skills, especially when it comes to influencing power holders
    • Travel costs for the claimants to be able to attend meetings with MPs and Senators to make their case for climate action
    • Supporting Torres Strait artists to create compelling and beautiful pieces that will capture hearts and inspire action on the campaign

If we can build enough momentum around our stories and our call for justice, with your help we could see Australia forced to take action to protect the Torres Strait from further damage.

This campaign gives me hope for the future of our island kids!

I hope you will stand with us to protect an ancient race and our island homes.

Torres Strait Island Organiser

We are building a grassroots movement to stand up to the fossil fuel industry, and support a just transition from coal, oil and gas to a renewable-energy future for all.

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350 Australia acknowledges the Traditional Owners throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to the land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to their Elders past, present and emerging. There can be no climate justice without justice for First Nations people across the globe.

Authorised by Lucy Manne, 350 Australia, 20-40 Meagher St, Chippendale NSW 2008. ABN: 46 138 155 192. Correspondence in regard to any authorised material can be sent to lucy@350.org.au.


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