About Clean Air in London

Air pollution in our biggest cities is much worse than most of us have realised.  It averages well over twice World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines and legal limits near many of London’s busiest roads.  Mayor Johnson has estimated some 4,300 premature deaths in London in 2008 were attributable to long-term exposure to dangerous airborne particles alone.

Clean Air in London’s Mission is to achieve urgently and sustainably full compliance with WHO guidelines for air quality throughout London and elsewhere.  It works closely with other campaign groups and a wider network of supporters and volunteers to identify and build understanding of the most important issues and encourage decisive action on them.

Clean Air in London’s immediate priority is to see that air quality laws are enforced rigorously in London and elsewhere.  Clean Air in London believes that if we comply fully with relevant laws Britain can show the world how to tackle successfully air quality, climate change and sustainability issues.

Clean Air in London is a not-for-profit organisation funded by donations, sponsors and other supporters.  It is not a charity in part because a registered charity is not allowed to have political objectives or take part in political lobbying (other than in a generally educational sense).  Clean Air in London may wish to participate in such activities.

Clean Air in London is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, with company number 7413769 and registered office address Thames House, Mere Park, Dedmere Road, Marlow, Bucks SL7 1PB

Clean Air in London’s Articles

An article by Simon Birkett about the story and vision of ‘Clean Air in London‘ was published in a special edition of ‘environmental SCIENTIST’, the Journal of the Institution of Environmental Sciences, titled ‘Air Quality – should we have achieved more?’ in April 2013


Simon Birkett has been presented with the London 2012 Sustainability Ambassadors Award for his outstanding contribution to achieving a truly sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games in particular for his focused commitment to tackling air quality, climate change and sustainability issues.  Note: no conditions were attached to this award or services provided.

London 2012 Sustainability Ambassadors Award

Campaign for Clean Air in London won the City of London Corporation’s inaugural Sustainable City Award presented for Outstanding Contributions to Enhancing Air Quality 2010/2011 on 3 February 2011


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Simon Birkett was included in the Evening Standard’s ‘Progress 1,000’ list of the most influential people in London in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. See LinkedIn for further details

View Evening Standard’s article: The Progress 1000: London’s most influential people 2019 

Global Opportunity Network interview with Simon Birkett, published in January 2016, focused on the themes of ‘Disruptive determination’ and Taking down walls’.

View global Opportunity Network interview with Simon Birkett

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Simon Birkett was interviewed by Air Quality News in its wrap-up on 2015:

View article: Air quality took a ‘big step forward’ in 2015

Simon Birkett was Creator and Producer of ‘One Atmosphere’ which is a 35 minute film about the lessons he has learned from 10 years of campaigning.  It calls for urgent action to reduce local air pollution and greenhouse gases to protect public health and mitigate climate change.  The film can be viewed in full or 10 chapters and has had over 100,000 video views on Twitter since its launch in November 2015.

Watch the video

Clean Air in London was highlighted by Twitter as one of its success stories globally on 21 March 2014.See also https://twitter.com/CleanAirLondon.


Simon Birkett was profiled by the Guardian on 22 February 2011.  See: ‘Former banker’s pollution fight a breath of fresh air’

View Article: Former banker’s pollution fight a breath of fresh air

Simon Birkett was chosen as one of six international individuals of the year by the Guardian on 27 December 2010.  See: ‘2010 – The environment year in review’

View Article: 2010: The environment year in review

Simon Birkett was profiled as a Campaign Hero by The Ecologist on 15 November 2010

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