Last updated on August 5th, 2017 at 09:02 am
Why a Humane Society would be upset by cruelty to plants is beyond me, but that’s the sort of world we’re now living in:
The Humane Society International is horrified by threats made by farmers in three states to fell trees every day as a protest against climate change programs.
On Tuesday this week, World Environment Day, farmers from New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria threatened to cut down one tree on July 1, two on July 2 and so on, to protest what they call a government conspiracy.
These farmers aren’t thinking strategically. Play your cards right, and plant destruction can be your key to carbon millions:
A crackling fire snakes towards Dean Yibarbuk’s bare legs, as he and a group of fellow Aborigines walk through this isolated corner of the Australian Outback, pouring long trails of burning kerosene into the grass …
“Our people have been doing this for thousands of years, to control the land,” says Dean, a 53-year old community ranger with a grey beard and dreadlocks.
“We burn now, just after the rains, and we make fire breaks to stop hot wild fires later in the year.”
Now scientific evidence has confirmed that the old Aboriginal system works – dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions from savannah fires, by limiting both their numbers and their intensity.
Note to the Humane Society: while you’re horrified by the chopping down of one or two trees, these guys are incinerating hundreds of them … and getting rich while they’re at it, thanks to magical carbon offsets:
[ConocoPhillips] has agreed to pay the Aborigines $1 million a year, for 17 years, to offset 100,000 tons of the refinery’s own greenhouse emissions.
This might be the best job in Australia:
The Aboriginal teams are now using trucks, and even helicopters, to drop incendiary devices on their land, enabling them to burn, and control, huge areas before the dry season and the wild fires begin towards the end of the year.
ConocoPhillips could probably run its own burning operation for less than $1 million per year – considerably less, most likely – but here seizes a chance to be seen as both environmentally and ethnically friendly. PR-wise, they can’t lose.
At the end of a hot day’s work, Dean Yibarbuk and his colleagues sit by their tents in a clearing. Ancient rock paintings dot the nearby hills. Buffaloes and wild pigs roam in the woods.
“I feel proud of this deal,” says Dean. “It means a lot to us. It brings jobs for our community … and we are now involved in the fight against global warming.”
Yes; by throwing incendiary devices from helicopters. Strange times, people.
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