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Remember that there are leaflets you can print out to stick in polluter’s letter boxes. If you are sick of pollution it is really frustrating when you find out there is hardly any legal recourse. Complaining either to the Kapiti Coast District Council or the Greater Wellington Regional Council gets you nowhere. The only thing you can do is move house at great expense. Yet wood smoke is toxic. It is composed of nasty nanoparticles that will get inside your lung tissue. The law is a real ass and does nothing to protect us. A few leaflets and begging to people’s better side (and there are a lot of assholes who don’t have a better side) is about all we have. Wood smoke exists in our community because of history, and a whole lot of ignorance of the chemistry and epidemiology of wood smoke and the diseases it causes. Horse manure was a problem for cities until the arrival of the bicycle and the motor car. Wood smoke is still the horse shit that won’t go away, but it is now completely unnecessary too. Technology like heat pumps and gas heaters make wood burners obsolete. You wouldn’t dream of putting a trailer load of manure in your neighbour’s lounge room, but they think nothing of doing that to you.
Let’s clean the air of Kapiti.