Everyone has a right to breathe clean air. But right now our laws are failing to protect that right at the expense of our health.
Each year, more than 4800 Australians die from exposure to air pollution – that’s four times the national road toll. Thousands more suffer serious health issues like stroke, lung cancer and heart disease from breathing in toxic air pollution.
The vast majority of air pollution in Australia comes from ageing coal-fired power stations and motor vehicles. Unlike most other countries, Australia’s laws, regulations and standards for these two sources of toxic pollution are incredibly weak.
Right now, we have a once-in-a-generation chance for Australia to catch up with the rest of the world on pollution control. For the first time in 21 years, our federal, state and territory environment ministers are meeting to review national air pollution standards for nitrogen and sulfur dioxides – some of the most toxic air pollutants.
We must make sure that ministers hear us loud and clear and commit to voting for strong standards to protect public health. See how your Environment Minister stacks up on pollution standards below and take action to secure their vote.