By Letter to the Editor on October 3, 2019.
The recent Global Climate Strike has highlighted the importance of a healthy environment and the interconnections between climate, air quality and public health. Hopefully, here in Lethbridge, the movement toward continued positive change can include all residents having equal access to clean, healthy, smoke-free air throughout the upcoming winter, as more people choose cleaner alternatives to wood burning, including natural gas, while appreciating progress being made toward the use and availability of even cleaner, non-combustible energy sources.
If you don’t burn wood in the city, where homes are close together and where everyone shares the air, thank you for helping to protect our shared airshed, and the health and well-being of citizens.
If you do currently burn wood in the city, where both people and animals nearby are forced to breathe the unavoidable toxic exhaust, please stop – as recommended by the Canadian Lung Association, which advises on its official website that people should not burn wood in a residential setting.
Protecting clean air matters.