The lockdown measures to contain coronavirus transmission have caused a drastic reduction in air pollution from industrial, commuting and travel activity around the globe. As economies restart, there is a risk of underinvestment in the green agenda and prioritization of economic recovery “at all costs”. However, by leveraging the growing public and political awareness of the health impact of air pollution, we can save lives and accelerate climate action. The Global Future Council on Clean Air comprises experts from across mobility, health, energy and cities. The council will drive thought leadership and inform cutting-edge solutions; look for opportunities for innovating, shaping and scaling collective progress; and support the World Economic Forum in building a concerted multistakeholder action agenda on ambient air pollution.