City centre businesses urged to help tackle air pollution

Birmingham city centre businesses are being urged to get involved in the first ever National Clean Air Day on Thursday.

Environmental charity Global Action Plan is working with Birmingham City Council and its partners to host a series of events across the city on Thursday, June 15, as part of a national day of activities designed to raise awareness of the effects of air pollution and the positive, practical steps people can take to help reduce it.

Businesses, schools and communities are being encouraged to organise events with a range of toolkits providing the necessary resources available to download from the National Clean Air Day website at

Activities include encouraging staff to leave their cars at home and use public transport for at least one day.

People can also use the website to make a series of pledges to take action to reduce air pollution on the day itself, including switching their car engine off when stationary, leaving their car at home altogether and walking their children to school instead of driving them.

Anne Shaw, Assistant Director for Transportation and Connectivity, said: “Air pollution is a serious public health issue affecting everyone who visits, lives and works in Birmingham and this means we all have a responsibility to help tackle it together.

“A key part of the work we are doing to improve air quality in Birmingham is encouraging people to think about positive changes they can make in their daily routines, including walking, cycling or using public transport instead of driving. National Clean Air Day supports this wider work and provides an opportunity for employers, communities, schools and individuals to get involved and play a role in reducing air pollution.”