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Let's #BreatheCleanerAir together!

We want to see an improvement in air quality around schools and key pollution hotspots in Merton, so that residents can breathe cleaner air.


We want those affected by poor air quality to understand the health benefits of breathing cleaner air for themselves and their children, and to change their behaviour to improve air quality in the borough.

By working together to tackle air pollution in Merton, our combined actions will make a difference in the fight for cleaner air.

Download our Air Quality Handbook

Air Quality Handbook

Living a more sustainable lifestyle made easy!


Written by Sustainable Merton’s Community Champions, our sustainability handbooks are your step-by-step guide to making simple changes that will help the planet, save you money, improve your wellbeing, and connect you to your community. These locally-focused handbooks are written with you, Merton residents, in mind so you will find lots of shout outs to local businesses, organizations, and spaces.

Our Air Quality Handbook contains creative advice on everything from greening your home, to addressing cycling concerns, to saving fuel in your vehicle. Download it today and share it with your friends, family, and community.

Read our Air Quality Newsletter

What is air pollution and why is it harmful?

In the UK the most common harmful pollutants found in the air we breathe are particulate matter (PM), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Ozone (O3), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) and Carbon Monoxide (CO). Emissions are generally linked to combustion and fuel burning, generation of power, and road traffic - one of the primary sources of air pollution in Merton.

So why is air pollution such a big problem for human health?

Breathing in harmful gases irritates the lungs and airways. Particulate matter is especially bad for the respiratory system, as the particles can get lodged deep in your lung tissue. Studies have long shown that exposure to air pollution can lead to a higher risk of cancer, lung disease and diminished cognitive skills in later life. Children are particularly at risk due to their smaller lung capacity and proximity to vehicles exhausts, subjecting them to long term health problems such as asthma and COPD.

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Air pollution impacts the environment too.


From global warming and the greenhouse effect to acid rain and smog, the consequences of the constant release of gases into the atmosphere are vast. Ultimately, these factors all cause damage to the Earth’s surface, contaminating water that in turn damages ecosystems and natural habitats. Climate change, rising sea levels, and even the extinction of animal species can all be traced back to air pollution.


'Call to Merton Council to implement safe boroughwide transport during COVID-19 & beyond'


An open letter to Merton Councillors and Members of Parliament calling for rapid change to the roads in the borough of Merton.




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Sustainable Merton partnered with the London Sustainability Exchange in an air pollution busting project which covering the boroughs of Merton and Richmond to target local businesses and encourage more cycling.

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cleaner air 4 communities

Creating a mass movement of community action to improve air quality in London through working with local organisations and voluntary groups to create a shift in public attitudes.

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