Clean Air For Life

Clean Air For Life

Air pollution and our city

Before lockdown, Bristol’s air pollution was over twice the legal limit, far exceeding the World Health Organisation safe levels

Long-term exposure to air pollution causes around five premature deaths in Bristol each week. Toxic air contributes to several health conditions including asthma, lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Not only this, but exposure to air pollution increases our chances of being more severely affected by COVID-19.

Disadvantaged communities suffer the greatest consequences of air pollution whilst contributing the least to it. In a recent study, Lawrence Hill stood out as an area having the highest Black and minority ethnic population in the city and some of the highest levels of deprivation, as well as suffering from some of the worst air pollution in Bristol.

The solution to one public health crisis shouldn’t be another one. As we begin the recovery from COVID-19, we have a chance to do things differently. We can restart the economy without returning to deadly levels of pollution. We can keep our air clean and our city green and safe, while protecting jobs and businesses, investing in public transport and taking action to tackle the climate emergency.

The tragedy of the pandemic has shown us that we can unite – both locally and globally – to rapidly change our behaviours for the greater good. We know we can make dramatic and effective changes to protect the health of our most vulnerable communities. The time is now.


The numbers

Average weekly air pollution in Bristol City Centre


Our demand

We demand Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority deliver compliant air quality in Bristol by April 2021.


The week of action

We held a week of beautiful, informative and safely interactive actions to demand clean air for life, from 22nd – 27th June. Read more about our colourful cubes, 296 shoes and WECA’s sooty doorstep, and much more in our news stories from the week.

On Thursday 25th June, five rebels climbed to the roof of Bristol City Hall and refused to come down until the Council is willing to be transparent about their targets and progress on tackling Bristol’s illegal air pollution. After a week camped on top of Bristol City Hall, the rooftop rebels finally descended after Mayor Marvin Rees acknowledged Bristolians’ concerns on air pollution in his weekly Facebook Q&A. Read more here.


About us

We are part of an international movement standing up for climate justice and against the mass extinction of millions of species. We use people power to demand our Government acts with urgency on the climate and ecological emergency.

Learn more on the XR UK site

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We need you – whoever you are, however much time you have – to help build a powerful movement.