Bristol’s Story

Each city and region is shaped by its unique social, ecological and political context and the collective decisions of its people – no two develop the same way.

Bristol is no exception. Located in the Southwest of England, it has a maritime climate and predominantly south-western winds, influencing background air pollutant concentrations and heating practices respectively. It has a diverse population, with around 20% black or minority ethnic (BAME) and varying income levels and cultural backgrounds between neighbourhoods and households. Due to current governance structures, local government has limited powers to implement energy or spatial planning policy. You can read more about Bristol’s context here.

Bristol joined ClairCity in 2016 along with five other European cities to collectively work towards air pollution and climate change solutions. Since, Bristol has been working alongside local community groups, schools and scout groups (yellow pins) and at attending public events and festivals (blue pins) to raise awareness of air pollution and listen to what citizens want to be done about it. To date we’ve worked with 600 school children and contributed to National Clean Air Day.

Bristol has run two surveys to gather public opinion on priorities and future solutions, generating 700 responses. Additional, distributed events were held in more marginalised communities – Knowle, Barton Hill and Bradley Stoke, as well as Bishopston. Stakeholder workshops, targeted at local interest groups, completed our public-facing data collection.

Through this project, we are developing toolkits for each city to support them with their ongoing clean air and climate change ambitions, tailoring these resources to individual contexts. We have gathered input from citizens and will soon be ready to share our advocacy and policy packs in full.

In the meantime, find out more about the problem of air pollution and what you or your organisation can do to contribute towards a cleaner, healthier, safer and more participatory future for Bristol.