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A group of indigenous Australians plans to submit a complaint to the UN that accuses Australia of failing to act on climate change.

The group resides in the low-lying Torres Strait Islands in the country’s north. It argues that Australia’s lack of climate change policies is putting their culture and ancestral homeland at risk.

“Tides are rising every year, flooding homes, lands and important cultural sites. Rising sea temperatures are blighting the health of the marine environments around the islands, by bleaching the coral and acidifying the ocean,” a statement from the indigenous group said.

“We are seeing this effect on our land and on the social and emotional well-being of our communities who practice culture and traditions,” said Kabay Tamu, one of the petitioners.

“Many Islanders are worried that their islands could quite literally disappear in their lifetimes without urgent action,” the group said.

Source: Indigenous Australians Challenge Government Over Climate at UN – EcoWatch