The mainstream media (MSM) will only ever print or do whatever advantages them the most. But when what you are looking for is often buried in the bowels of its publications, one has to dig somewhat deeper to find the roots of what one is looking for.
So much attention is given to renewable energy when discussing the lowering of our carbon emissions that we neglect just what can be achieved with a few trees. Well more than just a few.
In fact, you would have to be barking mad to dismiss just what effect a few trunks can have.
I recently found this article by Samuel Osborne in The Independent, where he talks about how China intends to raise the country’s forest coverage to 23 percent by 2020. With the aid of 60,000 foot-solders it plans two projects covering an area of at least 66,600 hectares:
“Asia Times recently reported that a large regiment from the People’s Liberation Army, along with some of the nation’s armed police force, have been withdrawn from their posts on the northern border to work on non-military tasks inland.
The majority will be dispatched to Hebei province, which encircles Beijing, according to the Asia Times which originally reported the story. The area is known to be a major culprit for producing the notorious smog, which blankets the capital city.”
When I mentioned all this to the editor of The AIMN he implied that I was barking mad. Sapped me a bit, then he tweeted:
The Amazon is burning, temperatures are rising, fish are dying, Trump wants to start a war, the UK is about to wipe itself off the map, my footy team didn’t make the finals, & all Scott Morrison is worried about is that male and female public servants are sharing the same dunny.
— Michael Taylor (@AusIndiMedia) August 29, 2019
He tore me to threads limb from limb telling me to concentrate on the trees. So I did. Further reading revealed that India was also planting in massive numbers. “India planted 66 million trees in 12 hours as part of record-breaking environmental campaign,” and all done using 1.5 million volunteers.
But that’s not all:
Last year volunteers in Uttar Pradesh state set a world record by planting more than 50 million trees in one day.
Meanwhile in Australia, the latest report on the condition of the Great Barrier Reef says that it has gone from poor to very poor according the Sydney Morning Herald. The next rating is “In Danger.”
I watched the Environment Minister, Susan Ley, who admitted it was as a result of climate change, tell the press that the government was doing all it could and that we were on track (broken record) to achieve our Paris commitment.
Her gloomy words were contrary to glowing report she gave the reef not long ago when she said, after a spot of diving, the reef was teeming with life.
One could be excused for thinking that some form of good news had come upon her, such was her demeanour.
“But 50 million trees in a day,” I thought. “I wonder how many starfish there are.”
Another report The Guardian Friday showed greenhouse gas emissions rose 0.6% in the year to March.
Watching the Emissions Reduction Minister, Angus Taylor, tell the press that the government was doing all it could and that we were on track (broken record) to achieve our Paris commitment was pure theatre.
As an aside, 80% of our coal is exported, and yes, coal is the real problem.
My thought for the day
Isn’t it rather ironic that coal and gas are the biggest contributors to climate change and that Australia is the biggest exporter of both?
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