Isn’t it time to move beyond polluting as a form of entertainment?

The video, “Firepit Safety from the City of Lethbridge” (formerly on the City’s You Tube channel) seems to encourage citizens to burn wood outside as a form of entertainment – kind of like watching an outdoor television.

In light of current and ongoing research about the serious impacts of particle pollution, the video’s message – promoting this activity for “hours of summer enjoyment” – seems dangerously outdated, as does the bylaw permitting it.

In our own and other communities that still allow backyard wood burning, it is time for a positive change.

Clean air matters, and so does community health protection.

The remains of an outdoor fire at Lethbridge’s Indian Battle Park

Don’t our beautiful blue skies deserve protection from smoke pollution? Isn’t it time to move beyond burning?