Australia’s weaker emission standards come at a huge cost to Australians. WHO’s conservative estimate of premature deaths in Australia due to air pollution is 4,316 in one year. Yet how much do our governments and health authorities communicate with us about the hazards of air pollution? Road accident fatalities by comparison were 1,141 in 2018 https://www.bitre.gov.au/statistics/safety/. Death rate due to air pollution is the tip of the iceberg of health impacts costing us billions, tremendous suffering and negative community wellbeing impacts. Air pollution is also adding to global warming and its impacts https://breathelife2030.org/the-issue/health-and-climate-impacts/. Is this factored into the cost of our products?? It’s not just the product users and their families who pay for this collateral damage. We now see commitments to protecting our community from secondhand cigarette smoke, but not other air pollution that is harmful at any level. There is a myth that most Australians experience clean air. WHO notes Melbourne’s fine particulate PM2.5 pollution is annually 2.6 times over the WHO recommended safer level https://breathelife2030.org/city-data-page/?city=16. And don’t be too chuffed if you’re living outside our cities and big towns. Local wood smoke pollution is a major health hazard adding to local diesel, fuel and other fine particulate PM2.5 all known to damage health accumulatively and kill, as they contribute to stroke, cardio-vascular disease and heart attack, lung disease and cancer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lou_boMJlI https://woodsmokepollution.org/. Now dementia, brain function impairment, developmental disabilities and diabetes are implicated as being contributed to by air pollution http://woodsmoke.3sc.net/.
@BrendanMays Choice should be looking to indicate the broader health and environmental costs, sometimes much greater than we pay, of products. Or at least provide the information our governments and health authorities are failing to inform us about. Surely the Choice Community will be most concerned about the longevity and smooth running of the one thing they can’t replace with a new model - their body.