Posted by: Matthew | July 8, 2010

Why should anyone have to put up with woodsmoke?

Why should anyone have to put up with woodsmoke?

I mean what is in it for me when someone burns off wood or rubbish and all I get is the downside? I get the stink, the odour, the nuisance, the limiting of my liberty to do what I want,  the expense of having to move away, the potential for disease, and the potential for death.

It is obvious to me that no one should have to put up with woodsmoke at all. Yet there are still elements of our society that insist we have to. I hate those people and organisations.

Woodsmoke, otherwise known as using the atmosphere as a dump, is an example of the tragedy of the commons. One person gets away with fouling the air a little bit, so someone else jumps in and does the same, and then other people join in, normalising the behaviour, and there goes the neighbourhood. There goes the livability of our towns and suburbs. There goes health and happiness for large parts of the population.

Woodsmoke is a tragedy of the commons. That’s why burning off and woodburners have to be banned. That’s why there can’t be any exceptions.

Because, really, why should anyone have to put up with wood smoke at all?

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