More than 3000 Australians die from long-term and short term exposure to air pollution each year. Air pollution affects the health of thousands of others, as well as harming the natural environment and increasing greenhouse emissions.
Current laws do not adequately protect Australians from air pollution. Transport air pollution in our cities is increasing, affecting millions of people. Our laws also fail to address problems in pollution hotspots where standards are often exceeded. That means communities living near coal mines and coal fired power stations, industrial facilities, and major transport corridors are regularly exposed to unsafe levels of pollutants. They pay disproportionately for resources used by our whole community.
Monitoring and enforcement of current laws is weak or non-existent. The Commonwealth and States are failing to protect the health of our communities and our environment from the harmful effects of air pollution.
New national laws are needed to protect our health.
About the Clean Air Action Network
The Clean Air Action Network is a group of organisations working together to tackle air pollution as an environmental justice issue. Lead by Environmental Justice Australia, organisations from all around Australia are working together to put pressure on governments - both state and federal - to take real action.
Air pollution is an environmental justice issue. Communities that live near a pollution source suffer disproportionate impacts. That’s why Environmental Justice Australia is working with partner groups to achieve strong, national laws to regulate air pollution.
If your organisation is interested in becoming a part of the Clean Air Action Network, or if you're just looking to get in touch, send an e-mail through to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our contact page.