FROM THE NEWS DESK
I feel we Southlanders have been a little cheated.
After a cold and miserable summer, we were promised a warm autumn. Well, that didn’t really happen, did it?
Granted we had a few sunny days at the beginning but they really didn’t last.
Every time I step outside of my house, all I can smell is chimney smoke and burning coal. I was not surprised when I found out Invercargill had already exceeded the daily National Environmental Standards for air quality.
Before moving to Southland, I didn’t even know people burnt coal anymore; I thought coal was something people only used in steam trains.
It is hard to be environmentally conscious when you are freezing your toosh off - but it is important.
I’m not saying don’t heat your house - goodness knows I would turn into a popsicle without my house fire - I am saying, we need to start heating our houses smartly.
- Joanna Griffiths