The activists in Greenpeace want our support and money to make the socialist who call themselves “the state” punish New Zealand farmers for changing the climate.
As I recall, it was socialists, who call themselves “the government”, that promoted dairy farming as an economic necessity and did not care that it would be detrimental to ecological systems that were not suitable for growing grass and feeding so many cows.
The farmers, who did what the socialists, decided are now being blamed for weather events, without any valid evidence or proof that they caused or contributed to the occurrence of these weather events.
The accusers refuse to accept the evidence that the farmers grow grass that sequesters carbon and that this sequestered carbon enables the cows to grow and produce milk and meat that people require to live.
They prefer to deny the abundant evidence that most of New Zealand’s vegetation that sequesters carbon is not included in the calculations of net emissions.
To explain, vegetation under five (5) metres in height is excluded, i.e. does not count in sequestering calculations. So pasture is excluded. A perusal of native vegetation species shows at least several dozen are below 5 metres in height. After all, bigger forest trees spend several years or more under 5 metres in height in juvenile stages.
It makes no sense. The dice is loaded.
If the accounting was correct and accurate, our net emissions are probably already less than zero because the estimate of CO2 released is probably inflated and that taken up by “green things” is underestimated.
Even if we accept the bogus accounting, the net emissions of the people of New Zealand are a very small fraction of the global emissions that may or may not be contributing to climate change.
Pasture and trees ( foreground) under 5 metres in height are excluded in carbon sequestering calculations but
carbon farming trees in background are not
According to the available evidence, reducing our net emissions to zero or less will have little effect on the global total and an irrelevant insignificant effect on the global climate or temperature.
The global climate would not change even if we all stopped driving our cars, or even breathing, because we cannot “fix” what we are not the cause of.
What price should the people of New Zealand have to pay to achieve nothing that will change the global climate?
How much extra taxation can we afford to pay?
How much more debt can we afford to service and repay?
How much more can we afford to pay for our food and other living expenses?
How much of the income from agricultural exports can we do without?
How many farmers, their families and workers should we bankrupt?
How many more costly mistakes, made by omnipotent socialists who call themselves “the state”, do we have to suffer from and pay for before we accept the reality that socialism always fails because the socialists run out of other people’s money?
The socialists have already run out of the money that productive people can provide but just keep borrowing more for us to service and repay to maintain their delusion, that they can achieve what they cannot do with our money that we cannot afford to give them.
Without socialists interfering in our lives and wasting our current and future incomes, individual independent people would be free and able to establish, grow and maintain productive enterprises that provide desired goods and services to willing buyers.
These productive enterprises would utilise natural and human resources appropriately and efficiently to generate revenue, profits and prosperity.
Enterprises that were trying to “force square pegs into round holes” would fail and not be propped up by “the government” with the money earned by the productive workers in successful enterprises.
Without the socialists, who call themselves the state, individual people would have equal opportunities and responsibilities for independently improving their own lives and the lives of other people.
Some people would not receive unequal privileges, opportunities, public funds and other advantages over the rest at our expense.
People would derive more mutual benefit from cooperating with one another than becoming members of opposing “tribes” that expect “the government” to take what others have earned and give it to them.
Socialism is a good story but the delusion, that the people who call themselves state can provide for and protect us in return for our dependency and obedience, is a lie that results in disunity, social dysfunction, economic failure and poverty.
We need to stop believing that “the government” can do things the people in the government cannot do and accept that we have to do what needs doing for ourselves and one another without so much government interference, mismanagement, failure and waste of our time, energy and money.
The socialists that call themselves the state, have taken too much of our privacy, independence, freedom, property rights and money and will keep taking more, that is, until the people stop hiring them when they (the people) vote in elections.
Footnote: The Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations has no political party affiliations. Opinions expressed in any article are not necessarily CORANZ’s opinion or policy, but we do enthusiastically encourage open and frank debate. Politics in environment or outdoor recreation matters is simply “cause and effect.”