Greater Manchester’s air pollution problem presents health and environmental challenges to the conurbation.

Friends of the Earth is part of the Healthy Air Campaign.

See Air Quality Information and Resources page for more details.

Watch our animation which vividly shows the dangers of air pollution to people – young and old – and ways we can help improve the air we breathe



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      All I want for Christmas is Clean Air – send a Christmas Card to your council leader!

      Greater Manchester will soon be deciding on its Clear Air Plan and we need urgent action to reduce air pollution and help us breathe more easily.  Manchester has the highest rate of hospital admissions for asthma in the country and … Continue reading

      18th Dec 2018

      Revealed: The Impact of Winter Hill and Saddleworth Moor Fires on Air Quality in Greater Manchester (IPPR North)

      The devastating fires at Winter Hill and Saddleworth Moor are likely to have had a shocking impact on the air breathed by people in Greater Manchester, according to new analysis by the leading think-tank for the North of England.

      17th Dec 2018

      Levenshulme parents air pollution investigation reveals shocking results (Levy Clean Air)

      An investigation by a group of Levenshulme parents into air pollution across the Manchester suburb has revealed shocking levels of air pollution, either approaching or over illegal levels.

      3rd Dec 2018

      Special Report: How air pollution is cutting life expectancy in Manchester (Granada ITV)

      Manchester has at times the dirtiest, most polluted air in Western Europe and people living in the city could have their lives shortened because of it.

      12th Oct 2018

      Call for sustainable transport and healthy air for the city centre!

      Transport for Greater Manchester are seeking views on the development of the city centre. They are working with Manchester City Council and Salford City Council. You have until Wednesday 17th October to give your views on how you find getting … Continue reading

      8th Oct 2018

      Toxic air slips under the radar of parents, despite the huge risk it poses to children’s lungs

      Survey data released today by Friends of the Earth found that only 10% of parents with a child of school age (4-16) were worried about their child breathing dirty air while on schoolgrounds, or on their way to or from … Continue reading

      19th Sep 2018

      Imagine Different:  Re-designing Manchester – one parking space at a time!

      On Friday 21st September, Manchester Friends of the Earth is inviting people to join them to help redesign a car parking space in Manchester city centre into a picnic park complete with “grass”, plants, deckchairs, tea, cupcakes and sparkling conversation … Continue reading

      18th Sep 2018

      Interviews with women for PhD project on air pollution – can you help?

      My name is Maria – I am a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University. My PhD focuses on promoting the voices of citizens when it comes to air pollution and designing future clean urban environments. Specifically, I am focusing on … Continue reading

      15th Aug 2018
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      News release: Get animated about air pollution!

      Today, Tuesday 14th August, Manchester Friends of the Earth are launching a powerful animation to highlight the damage caused by air pollution in Greater Manchester. The animation, created by Hannah Langfield a Manchester-based motion designer, vividly shows the dangers of … Continue reading

      14th Aug 2018

      DEFRA Clean Air Strategy consultation – Manchester Friends of the Earth’s response

      The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) recently consulted on the Government’s draft Clean Air Strategy. Manchester Friends of the Earth detailed response is available (pdf).  See below for the introduction to our response and why we need … Continue reading

      13th Aug 2018