#Turn off the Gas

#Turn off the Gas

Doctors warn gas is a health hazard 

Add your voice to #TurnOffTheGas 

As GPs, specialists, and medical students we have a duty of care to raise the alarm when the community’s health is threatened.  

The Morrison Government’s call for a gas-led post-Covid recovery flies in the face of clear evidence that gas poses an unacceptable risk to our health and that of our loved ones. 

 

Gas is a fossil fuel driving climate change 

Gas, which is mostly methane is not clean; it’s highly polluting.  

Gas is not a ‘transition’ fuel away from fossil fuels; it further entrenches ...

Doctors warn gas is a health hazard 

Add your voice to #TurnOffTheGas 

As GPs, specialists, and medical students we have a duty of care to raise the alarm when the community’s health is threatened.  

The Morrison Government’s call for a gas-led post-Covid recovery flies in the face of clear evidence that gas poses an unacceptable risk to our health and that of our loved ones. 

 

Gas is a fossil fuel driving climate change 

Gas, which is mostly methane is not clean; it’s highly polluting.  

Gas is not a ‘transition’ fuel away from fossil fuels; it further entrenches our dependence on fossil fuels. 

Australia will soon be the biggest exporter of LNG gas, as well as being the largest coal exporter.  

Yet the extraction, liquefaction, transport and combustion of gas has the potential to result in as much greenhouse gas as burning coal.  

The dangers of our rising emissions that drive climate change are becoming more and more apparent.  

We experienced the force of the climate crisis during the summer’s heat, horrific bushfires and smoke pollution that for weeks choked so many of our towns and cities. 

 

Fracking harms  

Both conventional gas and unconventional gas extraction -known as “fracking”- harm Australians in other ways. 

Extracting gas produces contaminated water, which contains naturally occurring substances such as mercury and radionuclides, and in the case of fracked wells, chemical additives.  

Some of these chemicals have been found to be toxic to our health. They pollute our land, including productive farming land, and aquifers.  

Gas mining reduces air quality to local communities, who also suffer physical and psychological health impacts. 

Accelerating new and expanding existing gas developments makes no sense, especially when we have viable, healthy alternatives 

Solar and wind energy will lower our emissions and improve our environment and health. 

Renewables are also cheaper than gas, and will boost jobs and the economy. Ernst and Young (EY 2020) have identified that investment in the renewable energy sectors would yield three times as many full-time jobs as those in the fossil fuel sectors.   

Email PM Scott Morrison and tell him to: #TurnOffTheGas 

Your health matters. Let us protect it together. 

For further information please click here to view frequently asked questions on the dangers of gas on the environment and human health.

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Email Prime Minister Scott Morrison and your local MP

Add your voice to #TurnOffTheGas

The Morrison Government’s call for a gas-led post-Covid recovery flies in the face of clear evidence that gas poses an unacceptable risk to our health and that of our loved ones.

Gas is a fossil fuel

Gas is not clean; it’s highly polluting.

Gas is not a ‘transition’ fuel away from fossil fuels; it further entrenches our dependence on dirty coal, oil and gas.

Email PM Scott Morrison and tell him to: #TurnOffTheGas.

 

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  • Look at our frequently asked questions regarding gas if you would like further information