Don't Burn Tonight
The ACT Government aims to reduce winter air pollution with its Don’t Burn Tonight campaign.
Wood smoke pollution often becomes a problem in winter, especially in the Tuggeranong Valley, as weather conditions create an inversion effect which traps smoke near homes.
The Don’t Burn Tonight campaign encourages Canberrans to use alternative heating on cold, still nights when smoke is unlikely to clear quickly.
The program, which is entirely voluntary, encourages people to act responsibly and runs from 1 June to 31 August every year.
One of the things we value most about Canberra is the blue sky. Using alternative heating when conditions call for it will keep our air clean and our sky clear.
Under the Environment Protection Act 1997 Canberrans have a responsibility to minimise air pollution. There are penalties under this Act.