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Beat Air Pollution Hub | World Environment Day Campaign 2019


Welcome to the #BeatAirPollution Hub, developed in collaboration with key partners for World Environment Day 2019.

World Environment Day celebrates and promotes environmental awareness and sustainability across the globe. The Society for the Environment champions this initiative by creating awareness of the chosen theme each year. The theme for 2019 was "Air Pollution".

Within this hub you will find resources which explain the dangers of air pollution, as well as good practice and everyday activities to help improve air quality.

An Introduction to Air Pollution

Air pollution is one of the biggest environmental challenges that we face, with approximately 7 million people worldwide dying prematurely each year from air pollution, and about 4 million of these deaths occurring in Asia-Pacific (UN, 2019).

Ways to Get Involved

1) Share a good practice case study of a project that has helped tackle air pollution

2) Join in the conversation via social media using #BeatAirPollution

3) Utilise the resources provided to help build awareness in your local community (found further down this page) – including watching the recording of our 2019 Awards and Lectures event

4) Listen to the very first podcast of our series ‘Interviews with Environmental Professionals’, tied to the ‘Beat Air Pollution’ theme. The guest for this podcast is Professor James Longhurst HonFSE CEnv, a champion against air pollution.

2019 Awards and Lectures Listen to podcast

More Resources

CEnv Insight

Blog: How can you Beat Air Pollution? By Sarah Jones of Siemens, a CEnv via the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)


ICE Resources

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) have a number of useful resources and guides relating to the topic of air pollution.

These include:

Report: Engineering Cleaner Air: a report into Civil Engineering solutions to London’s air pollution – Also: related news item

Event materials: A growing city is a polluting city: Will London always have an air quality problem?

Event materials: Air quality in enclosed railway stations

You can find out more about the ICE via their website.


IAQM Resources

The Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM) is committed to enhancing the understanding and development of the science behind air quality by promoting knowledge and understanding of best working practices.

Just a few of their resources can be found below:

Air Quality Monitoring in the Vicinity of Demolition and Construction Sites 2018

RTCA two-day Annual Conference: experiences of improving traffic emissions

Guidance on the assessment of odour for planning 2018 v1.1

You can find many more via the IAQM website.


Further Reading

Clean Air Day – free resources

Local Air Pollution

You can find out about air pollution levels in your local area via the UK Air website and the European Air Quality Index.

British Safety Council

Find out more about the Council’s ‘Time to Breathe’ Campaign here and here.


Keeping children safe from toxic air campaign

Client Earth

You have a right to breathe clean air campaign

University of Leeds

Leeds Air Quality Living Lab


Campaign Partners 

Canary Wharf Group

Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)

Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)



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