Air pollution is heartbreaking
Dirty air damages every organ in our bodies, causing heart attacks, lung cancer and even dementia. Our children are more vulnerable to air pollution, growing up with stunted lungs, poor mental health and a lower life expectancy.
Long-term exposure to air pollution is also linked with severe cases of Covid-19.
The good news is that most air pollution is entirely preventable and even small improvements in air quality can have rapid and positive impacts on our health.
Power in numbers
There are plenty of ways that you can help to clean up our air, either as an individual or as part of your local community.
Walking and cycling for short journeys, not using a wood-burning stove and talking with your friends & family about clean air are some of the actions you can take.
You can also support local School Streets, Play Streets and help create ’20 minute neighbourhoods’ where everything you need is just a short walk away.
How clean is Southampton’s air?
Am I breathing illegal levels of air pollution? Was the air cleaner during lockdown?
We answer your questions, bring you real-time data on local air quality and explain the numbers behind the graphs.
What is the Breathing Spaces project?
We are working to create healthy neighbourhoods across Southampton: cleaner air and safer streets for all. In 2019 we focused on the neighbourhood of St Denys, running Clean Air Cafés and Open Streets, and monitoring local air quality. This led to Southampton City Council selecting St Denys as its first Active Travel Zone, due to be implemented in Autumn 2020.