Young kids off school because the principle wanted them all to participate in "extinction rebellion" protests. Subsequently local city council and our prime minister too proclaim Climate Emergency.
Education is pivotal to a young person's attitude in life. With this petition we (i.e those signing the online petition) beseech you to ensure the climate emergency narrative in schools is not cultivating a demoralizing sense of doom and hopelessness that might undermine their motivation.
Disinformation today could even be leading some to become desperate eco-terrorists, or contribute to youth suicides. Please help them keep a balanced and informed perspective:
Many people believe that free-market economy will regulate the declining fossil fuel far more effectively than incentives and penalties imposed by legions of bureaucrats guided by politicians.
Please teach our kids not to get swept along by hysterical political propaganda. Please help them to understand the reality and the science behind climate change, so they too can make informed decisions for their future. Please share this petition with your staff, colleagues, pupils, or your teacher.
For decades already, "sustainable timber" production has reaped carbon concessions, because allegedly it extracts CO2 from the atmosphere, but just how "green" are they really?
These trees are an imported species, planted often with government subsidies on hillsides that were deliberately denuded of the original flora and fauna. They form a sterile mono-culture, an ecosystem that sustains litle wildlife and is less efficient at extracting Carbon from the atmosphere than the native bush they replace.
The raw timber goes to the docks, but before it can be shipped it must be treated in big gas tents with Methyl Bromide to kill potential borer infestation. Methyl bromide is ozone depleting and it's protracted use will have been a factor in the Ozone hole that causes skin cancer in our country. Methyl bromide is also a potent green house gas. The New Zealand EPA did finally specify residual fumigant must be recaptured and/or destroyed as of 2020. However in-transit phosphine (PH3) fumigation is permitted as a phytosanitary treatment for export logs to China. There are few regulations of how and where they dispose of that, once in international waters.
Saw mills in low wage economies with more lenient environmental restrictions turn it into wooden beams for the construction industry and then some will be shipped back for our own use. All this shipping might help businesses bypass regulations and reduce labor costs, but will adversely affect the carbon footprint of said "green" industry as a whole.
With plummeting lumber prices New Zealand "sustainable" timber industry struggles to make ends meet. For instance, where I lived in the Marlboro sounds they declared it economically not viable to replant after the harvest. All the topsoil washed into the sea, smothering marine life and leaving barren denuded hills where only gorse would grow.