Air Quality Champions

We have been working with Southampton City Council and Global Action Plan (GAP) to recruit and train volunteer Air Quality Champions in Southampton. The first campaign for Air Quality Champions was no-idling events across the city from February to September. Air Quality Champions also engaged and provided information to members of the public at the Clean Air Day festival in June.

As an Air Quality Champion you will receive training about air pollution and how to approach and chat to the public in a friendly, informative and non-judgmental way. At an event you will work in pairs as part of a team, in a pre-arranged location, supported by the Environment Centre (tEC) and Southampton City Council staff.

For more information and to register your interest in becoming an Air Quality Champion, please email We can then let you know about upcoming dates for training and events.

Here’s what Air Quality Champions said about their experiences on the no-idling campaign:

“The training prior to the event was great preparation for approaching drivers and I found that everybody we spoke to were engaging, happy to switch off and interested to hear more.”

“I was nervous to begin with, but had a positive response from drivers, so felt much more confident very quickly.”

“Drivers we approached were interested in and engaged with us on the campaign. I was surprised how many weren’t really aware of the issues of air pollution and what they could do to make a difference, until we talked to them.”