Let's clear the air this election

Let's clear the air this election

Victorians need affordable heating and healthy air. But in so many of our towns and suburbs our air is polluted by wood smoke. 

Smoke from wood heaters in residential areas is harming the health of the community - contributing to illness and premature death even at low levels, including asthmalung cancer, strokesheart attacksdementia and adverse pregnancy outcomes.The est. cost to Australia's health system is $3.4 billion per year.

Wood smoke pollution is the largest source of human-generated fine particle pollution across Victoria. In Melbourne wood smoke contributes 51% of pollution annually, more than traffic (30 ...

Victorians need affordable heating and healthy air. But in so many of our towns and suburbs our air is polluted by wood smoke. 

Smoke from wood heaters in residential areas is harming the health of the community - contributing to illness and premature death even at low levels, including asthmalung cancer, strokesheart attacksdementia and adverse pregnancy outcomes.The est. cost to Australia's health system is $3.4 billion per year.

Wood smoke pollution is the largest source of human-generated fine particle pollution across Victoria. In Melbourne wood smoke contributes 51% of pollution annually, more than traffic (30%) and aircraft (7%). And yet only 5-10% of Victorian households use wood heating.

Wood burning contributes to global warming emitting climate pollutants and raising atmospheric CO2. For an equal amount of heat or electricity, wood burning releases more CO2 than burning gas, oil and even coal.

The Victorian government's current approach to educate wood heater users to ‘burn better’ is not working. Research shows all wood heaters produce fine particulate pollution at harmful levels. New Zealand research found that for every new modern wood heater per hectare there was increased risk that a young child would end up in emergency.

Please help clear the air by emailing your sitting MP candidates for the 2022 Victorian State election. And please consider sending this email to other candidates in your electorate. 

For more information visit our website C4cleanair.net.au

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Clear the air - Stop wood smoke pollution in our neighbourhoods

Email your candidates for the 2022 Victorian State Election and ask for their support to stop wood smoke pollution in residential areas.

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We may wish to add a few sentences with your personal story eg: I have lived in suburb/town for # years. Wood smoke in our area is impacting the health of my family and ability to use our backyard and enjoy our neighbourhood.

You may also wish to adapt if you have met the MP before or to send to a candidate.