What’s the problem in the West Midlands?
- The air is unsafe to breathe for 2.5 million people – all of the local authorities have levels of fine particulate matter over what is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and have levels of nitrogen dioxide over legal limits.
- People’s lives are being cut short – polluted air contributes to 1,460 premature deaths every year in the region.
- 230,000 people with lung conditions being put at high risk – toxic air can cause an asthma attack or flare-up of COPD, which can leave people hospitalised.
- Vulnerable lungs are being put at unnecessary risk – 28% GPs, 20% schools, 15% of care homes and 12% of hospitals in the West Midlands are located in areas with dangerously high pollution, over levels that the WHO recommends.
We want West Midlands' new mayor to commit to:
- The clean air zone for Birmingham, which covers all polluting vehicles, to be introduced as quickly as possible.
- A region-wide clean air plan that commits to achieving WHO levels for PM2.5 by 2030 at the latest and reduces toxic pollution around schools, care homes and hospitals.
- Further and faster investment in cycling, walking and cleaner public transport to enable people to choose healthier forms of travel.