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Next Wednesday, July 15, State and Federal Environment Ministers will convene to decide new national air pollution standards. The current standards are failing to protect the health of our communities. It's essential that our politicians vote in favour of the strictest possible standards. To do that, they'll need to know their constituents care about clean air.

Can you contact Victorian Environment Minister Lisa Neville and ask her to vote in favour of the strictest possible standards on air pollution?

Air pollution is a silent and invisible killer in Australia. It impacts cardiovascular and respiratory health, and is responsible for conditions like asthma, lung cancers and too often, premature death. Illness from air pollution kills 3000 Australians every year.1 Some of the worst affected communities are those living near coal-fired power plants, coal mines, and coal export facilities.2

The big polluters have succesfully lobbied against stricter standards for far too long. We need to speak up and let our politicians know that we won't tolerate the health of our communities being jeopardised so big polluters can have their way.

Can you contact Victorian Environment Minister Lisa Neville to say you care about clean air?

References
[1] What kills 3,000 Australians a year?, The Guardian, 28 May 2014
[2] Coal and health in the Hunter: Lessons from one valley for the world, Climate and Health Alliance, 2015