How 5 Air Quality Groups Are Improving Air Quality in Australia

Australian Air Quality

While air pollution is a global problem, solving it requires localized action. In other words: to improve the world's air quality, you first need to improve the air quality in your own community. But doing so can be challenging...

Especially since the rules and regulations on air quality in Australia differ all over.

We’re always interacting with our PurpleAir Community to provide help and support to anyone who wants to improve their local air quality. Together, we’re cultivating a community and empowering members with the data they need to tackle air pollution all over the world.

Because at PurpleAir, we believe in making air quality knowledge accessible to everyone.

Today, we’re excited to share a list of the different air quality groups you can join in Australia. Join the conversation, share relevant insights, and help create better regulations and policies for your region.

The State of Air Quality in Australia

Australian air quality is ranked as one of the best in the world, beating progressive countries like Germany and Japan. However, a closer look at the data reveals that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

A recent study reports that fine particulate matter (PM2.5) concentrations in Australia have been steadily increasing over the past two decades.

Not only that, Australia is also recorded as one of the 10 countries with the highest carbon dioxide emissions in the world. So much so that Environmental Health Australia reported that the poor air quality resulted in 3,000 premature and preventable deaths of Australians every year.

So, what can you do?

While tackling air pollution may seem like an impossible task, it can become achievable when joining air quality communities. By doing so, you can work towards more proactive and preventive air quality programs and policies that raise the air quality in your area.

5 Air Quality Groups to Join in Australia

To help you find an air quality group to join, we’ve compiled a list of the top online air quality communities in Australia.

#1 - Lung Foundation Australia

Lung Foundation Australia is a non-governmental organization and charity that aims to promote lung health. It does this by supporting life-saving research, programs, and policies that improve the quality of life of everyone affected by lung disease and cancer.

Because air pollution is one of the leading causes of respiratory diseases, the Lung Foundation Australia is also active in the fight against air pollution. It has joined campaigns that advocate for better air quality and contribute to air quality research.

#2 - Centre for Air Pollution, Energy, and Health Research (CAR)

The Centre for Air Pollution, Energy, and Health Research brings together 30 researchers who are at the top of their field to study the impacts of fossil fuels, energy transitions, and landscape fires. It also hosts workshops, symposiums, training, and seminars. Last, CAR funds projects and doctorate scholarships to further its mission of promoting cleaner air and energy resources.

#3 - Clean Air Communities

Based in Victoria, Australia, Clean Air Communities is a Facebook organization that seeks to educate the public about air quality and the environment by:

  • Sharing articles, reports, and data on air quality
  • Encouraging discussions on the latest air quality and environmental news
  • Inspiring action to improve the air quality around you

Furthermore, Clean Air Communities recommends policies that advocate for cleaner air, a healthier environment, and a better community.

#4 - My Air Quality Australia

My Air Quality Australia is one of the most active air quality Facebook groups in the country. With over 2,300 members, this group serves as an online hub for both citizens and experts to discuss anything related to air pollution.

From policy recommendations to educational materials, there’s a lot you can learn from other members. They also host regular webinars with leading air quality experts around the world.

#5 - Environmental Health Australia

Finally, Environmental Health Australia works to protect the health of Australians through awareness and education about air quality and the environment. They offer resources for parents, healthcare professionals, and advocates who want to learn more about the health effects of air pollution.

They also organize environmental conferences across the country to raise awareness around this issue and bring attention to potential solutions. Moreover, they have member organizations in each state and territory, so every community in Australia is well represented.

Now, there is no cookie-cutter solution to the global problem that is air pollution.

That’s why one of the best ways to advocate for change is by joining forces with others who are passionate about improving air quality. Join these 5 air quality groups and organizations and be a strong force against poor air quality.

Get Involved Yourself

At PurpleAir, there are tons of community projects going on around the world. We’re thrilled to see these kinds of collaborative efforts, and we look forward to seeing plenty more in the future. Are you working on a community project with PurpleAir’s air quality monitors?

We would love to hear about it. Share a post in the Community Project forum so we can highlight your work. Together, we can make air quality accessible for everyone.