Fossil Fuels are Health Hazards

Fossil Fuels are Health Hazards

In recognition that fossil fuels are health hazards, Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) is launching a national campaign to raise public awareness and to call on the Australian Government to:

  • Ban all new coal and gas projects due to their harmful effects on the health of people and on our environment.

Fossil fuels are the primary drivers of climate change, which is recognised as the single biggest health threat facing humanity by the World Health Organisation. Climate health effects include harms from heatwaves, fires, floods and extreme weather events as well as the mental health effects, displacement, food and ...

In recognition that fossil fuels are health hazards, Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) is launching a national campaign to raise public awareness and to call on the Australian Government to:

  • Ban all new coal and gas projects due to their harmful effects on the health of people and on our environment.

Fossil fuels are the primary drivers of climate change, which is recognised as the single biggest health threat facing humanity by the World Health Organisation. Climate health effects include harms from heatwaves, fires, floods and extreme weather events as well as the mental health effects, displacement, food and water insecurity that go with them.

Fossil fuels cause hazardous air pollution, increasing morbidity and rates of asthma, heart disease, cancer, learning delays, poor pregnancy outcomes and cognitive decline.

Fossil fuels are the source material for most plastics. Plastic waste is a scourge on our environment and there is increasing evidence of their health harms e.g. reduced sperm count, worsening atherosclerosis and poor pregnancy outcomes.

We must phase out fossil fuels to protect health.

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Emailing your MP and showing your support will increase the strength of our campaign asking the Australian Government to

  • Ban all new coal and gas projects due to their harmful effects on the health of people and on our environment.

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See below our letter to the Australian Governement which featured in The Australian.

Feel free to copy this wording and/or add your own personal message on why you are supporting this campaign