Anecdotes, Stories and Views
There’s a lot to commend in the 50 Shades of Green submission to the Climate Change Commission on the Commission’s draft recommendations to the government on meeting greenhouse gas emission goals. 50 Shades questions the accuracy of information on forest planting rates.
Draft advice to Government states that planting trees to offset carbon emissions is unsustainable.
We think this is a great time to delve deeply into the conversation and we encourage debate around some assumptions within the report which we have concerns about.
Reading this week about the launch of Fonterra’s ‘Five anchor milks are now carbon zero’, we learned that this product claim would be achieved by gaining off-sets through funding a solar farm in India and a wind farm in New Caledonia.
In our opinion, the embracing of the ETS and the use of off-setting is being used simply as a greenwashing marketing tool and duping New Zealanders who perhaps don’t understand the nuance of offsetting on our country.
As the select committee deliberates, recent comments in the media has prompted us at 50 Shades of Green to write again to share the concerns we have for the hill country sector and the proliferation of farms being sold to blanket plant in exotic trees as a means of managing climate change. The comments referred to “the privilege and responsibility of managing the primary sector to carry on operating while the country manages its response to Covid19”.