Why are we running this campaign now?
Every year an estimated 40,000 people in the UK die prematurely due to air pollution. For Birmingham, the annual figure is around 891. Air pollution in Birmingham is having a long term, detrimental impact on our lives.
Birmingham City Council has to create a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) by 2020. We want this to happen and need it to be a large, effective, clean and sustainable as possible to have the greatest possible impact.
We’re also joining the call for a New Clean Air Act. We need to make sure that the current protections and laws which help hold the government to account on air quality and the environment remain enshrined in UK law after Brexit.
Our campaign aims:
To engage with the public to raise awareness of the poor air quality and the health impact
To lobby the city council and West Midlands Combined Authority to make sure that the Clean Air Zone is as large, effective, clean and sustainable as possible
The campaign so far:
We’ve responded to the council’s recent consultations on air quality, potential cycle routes, and potential new emissions standards for taxis.
In April we helped run the Keeping the West Midlands Moving Mayoral Transport Forum, where we put questions to the mayoral candidates about public transport and air pollution.
We’ve put up 10 Clean Air Kits which we’re using to test Birmingham’s air quality at key locations. We’re sharing the results with the public to highlight the poor air quality and using them to put extra pressure on the council.
We’re also encouraging our members and supporters to get Clean Air Kits too. It’s an opportunity to get involved with a huge national experiment, testing the air quality in your area. The results are collected by Friends of the Earth at www.foe.co.uk/page/national-air-pollution-map.
How to get involved:
We are looking to grow the campaign and are always happy to welcome new members. If you would like to learn more about our campaigns, please feel free to contact us or pop along to weekly campaign meetings.