How does air pollution affect health?
Image credit: Moms for Clean Air Action: https://www.momscleanairforce.org/resources/how-air-pollution-harms-your-body/
Worldwide air pollution is estimated to kill seven million people every year. You can find out more on the World Health Organisation website: https://www.who.int/health-topics/air-pollution
In Australia outdoor air pollution is estimated to kill almost 5000 people every year*. Some communities are more affected by air pollution than others.
*Estimate from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), visible at https://vizhub.healthdata.org/gbd-compare/ by selecting "risk", "ambient particulate matter pollution" and "ambient ozone pollution" (separately), "Deaths", location "Australia" and units "#"
How can we reduce air pollution?
Support communities near coal fired power stations to transition to clean energy: www.healthyfutures.net.au/transition
If you work in or study health care, call on Australia's biggest polluter, AGL, to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy: www.healthyfutures.net.au/agl
Grow plants to filter pollutants out of the air - learn more at https://diygarden.co.uk/gardening/improve-air-quality/