Tackling coal pollution
Everyone should have clean air to breathe and water to drink, and safe, healthy green spaces to enjoy. We should all have a say in how our local air, water and land is managed and be able to hold governments and corporations to account when it is polluted.
Communities who live near coal-fired power stations suffer an enormous health burden from pollution and are often left in the dark about the threats to their health. Some of our most vulnerable people are hardest hit by coal pollution – low-income communities, the elderly, people with chronic diseases, children, pregnant women and unborn babies.
Burning coal doesn’t just harm our climate, it pollutes the air we breathe, the water we rely on, and the land we live and play on. Coal-fired power stations are one of the biggest sources of air pollution in Australia. They pump out some of the pollutants most toxic to human health. They also produce vast amounts of coal ash – a toxic by-product, that is dumped into huge wastewater ponds that can leach and contaminate local land and waterways.
We work with community groups, experts and advocates to achieve laws and regulations that reduce the health and environmental burden of coal pollution. We empower communities most affected by pollution from coal-fired power stations with legal and advocacy support. And we represent community groups in court to hold government, Environment Protection Authorities, and companies accountable when they fail to protect nature and community from coal pollution.