ABC Life Matters: How clean is the air you breathe?


We all have a right to breathe clean air. However, if you live, work and play in an area with a lot of traffic or near coal-fired power stations the air can get pretty foul.   Ambient air pollution contributes to over 3000 premature deaths each year in Australia, and thousands more suffer a range of diseases including asthma - children are especially vulnerable. GP, Dr Vicki Kotsirilos, and President of the Maribyrnong Truck Action Group, Martin Wurt, speak on Life Matters about how airborne pollutants are making us sick. They call on the environment ministers who are currently reviewing our outdated air quality laws to adopt international best practice. 

Dr Vicki Kotsirilos is a member of Doctors for the Environment Australia 

Hear the full interview on Life Matters on 13 August 2019 HERE.

Further resources:

  • DEA submission to the Proposed variation to the Ambient Air Quality NEPM standards for ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide.
  • Joint Expert Position Statement on health-based standards for Australian regulated thresholds of nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide and ozone in ambient air.
  • Media Release: Health experts call for stronger national air pollution standards to save lives
  •  Add your voice for strong air pollution standards by signing a petition to our elected representatives calling for stricter air pollution control. While submissions regarding a revision of the NEPM standards closed on Wednesday 7 August, the environmental ministers, both state and federal, over the next weeks will continue to debate the issue.

Image: Min An, Pexels


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