While out shopping, I saw the same sticker on the back of two vehicles.
One reason why I noticed the stickers, is because I don’t think many people put bumper stickers on their car anymore. And not usually on newer vehicles.
The other reason why I noticed, is because both vehicles were four wheel drive vehicles (4WD). I actually burst out laughing when I saw the second one.
The sticker reads; “This vehicle’s emissions are offset”, with the web address www.carbonneutral.com.au. Until I visited the website, I didn’t know that the logo in the top right corner was Men of the Trees.
Prior to going shopping I had laid in bed and listened to Saturday Extra presented by Geraldine Doogue. One of the guests that morning was Professor Stephen Schneider, Director, Centre for Environment Science and Policy, Stanford University. The title of his talk was Carbon Emissions Targets in California: The way forward? He specifically mentioned putting cars on a diet and for people not to use their 6000 lb cars to take their children to school or drive to work as they are not driving in the outback with it.
While listening to this, I was thinking of the number of 4WDs that are used to collect children from a local school. South Perth is rough terrain? But I suppose if you include the square curbs that they tend to go over quite well with the big tyres, it improves their chances of parking.
It’s a feeling of deja vu in a way. It used to crack me up when I saw “Save the Planet’ bumper stickers on clapped out cars with oily smoke exhaust.
I’m not convinced about carbon trading schemes. But if it means the Men of the Trees and similar organisations get some funding from twits that use a 4WD in the metro area, then I say go for it.
The Green Vehicle Guide can be used to assist you to make a “smart” choice. However, comparing the “Top Ten Sellers” with the “Top Ten Performers”, one has to wonder how much public education that is going to be required to change this around. As a Peugeot driver I was pleased to see that there were two in the “Top Ten Performers” 🙂
Perhaps the Prime Minister could spend his nuclear power marketing campaign budget on making smart choices instead?
H started to print the Prime Ministerial Task Group on Emissions Trading – Final Report, but gave up when we found that the left and right pages in the PDF are not left and right pages. Having downloaded it, we probably will read it onscreen. If we read enough to be interested, then we may contact the Secretariat for a paper copy.
Note: Tom Worthington has provided the Executive Summary in text format for easier reading.