Farming is NZ's biggest emitter

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Re: Misguided Feds or misguided editor? October 30 column.

I am glad this does not represent our Gisborne District Council’s position.
I think it is too late to expect 30,000ha of farmlands tagged for planting in radiata to save us, especially now that climate change conditions are causing forests to go up in smoke everywhere else.
The truth is the practice of chopping down original forests for farmland has greatly contributed to this problem. I don’t blame Kerry and others stuck with their farming business for the nasties pastoral farming has brought.
The truth remains that agriculture emissions are the biggest single NZ contributor to GHG emissions.
I add that on council matters I know not whether Kerry will vote with the majority who have said they will vote for our district declaring a climate emergency.
We’re all in this together, are we not?

Bob Hughes

Re: Misguided Feds or misguided editor? October 30 column.

I am glad this does not represent our Gisborne District Council’s position.
I think it is too late to expect 30,000ha of farmlands tagged for planting in radiata to save us, especially now that climate change conditions are causing forests to go up in smoke everywhere else.
The truth is the practice of chopping down original forests for farmland has greatly contributed to this problem. I don’t blame Kerry and others stuck with their farming business for the nasties pastoral farming has brought.
The truth remains that agriculture emissions are the biggest single NZ contributor to GHG emissions.
I add that on council matters I know not whether Kerry will vote with the majority who have said they will vote for our district declaring a climate emergency.
We’re all in this together, are we not?

Bob Hughes

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Judith Collie, Qld - 16 days ago
Not sure whether Bob Hughes has seen the same post on FB as I have, of course it is very much tongue in cheek, but as far as I can see it is as close to the truth as we will get with climate change. The post said that it wasn't the gas emissions from the livestock that was destroying the country, it was the BS from our politicians that was doing more damage. I would challenge any climate change advocate to tell us whether they have any animal products in their lives - ie leather goods, meat products, milk, cheese or any of the many products produced from animals. I would also ask them to assure us that their mobile phones aren't charged by electricity, their homes aren't run by electricity or gas, that they are totally reliant on renewable energy. Stop trying to scare our grandchildren/great-grandchildren to death by telling them the world is going to end before 2050. I went to a Catholic school in Gisborne and was told that 1959 was going to be the end of our world. Maybe it was but it wasn't the end of the world. Climate changes from season to season, and in Australia we are having droughts that haven't been experienced for many years. However, they have been experienced before and will be again. For those who don't want this to happen, lay down your mobile phones, unplug your computers, throw the keys away to your 4 wheel drives, walk from place to place, and heaven forbid you stay at home because of the fuel used by planes. I hate to challenge you on the fact that you are total hypocrites, but I will.

Bob Hughes - 16 days ago
For Judith - yes, I am a hypocrite. Maybe I'm in a different place and country, but I live in the same world as you do. Truthfully, guilt of complicity is one of my main drivers.
Sorry you are "having droughts that haven't been experienced for many years".
I would like to help more. Carless already, I walk place to place going only as far as my bike takes me. I don't use planes, am mostly vegetarian and a lot of other things. But please, be concerned for the next generation. They have much more reason to be scared if we ignore what is happening.

Lara Meyer - 14 days ago
Hi Judith,
I must admit I do fly around your beautiful part of the world quite often to do my work. Every time I fly up past Rockhampton (I think that is what I can see) I am staggered by the sheer volume of the piles of coal on the shore waiting to be shipped somewhere or used domestically. I can easily see from the air the coal ships making their way through the Great Barrier Reef too. When carefully canvassing Aussies about the use of coal, most have no concerns at all. Of course it is extremely warm in the tropics and coal plants provide electricity to power the air conditioners. Having lived in Melbourne during sweltering 47 degree days, you really can't cope without conditioned air. I get it.
I do understand that I am open to being chastised for flying, but a woman has to make a living right? Ships take a while to arrive...
However, we definitely have a rapidly warming planet and the science is clear and unequivocal. Human beings and our emissions, and our farming practices, are to blame.
Burning fossil fuel and deforestation for farming is a problem. Our farming practices are unsustainable. We have to deal with the carbon.
Here is a relatively simple explanation.
http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2004/12/how-do-we-know-that-recent-cosub2sub-increases-are-due-to-human-activities-updated/.

No one is trying to scare the children, they already know there is an issue. It is the older generation who are scared - we caused the problem, we are reluctant to deal with it.
Judith, do what you can. The world will not end in 2050 but it will be a pretty awful place to live, especially where you are, if we don't change behaviour.
So I am off to prepare for my next round of work in your neck of the woods, see you next week maybe!

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