photo by Paul Morse (source: US govt)

Tackling climate change through forest restoration is the theme at this year’s Commonwealth Forestry Conference, currently taking place in Edinburgh, Scotland.

40 countries are represented at the conference, all from the vestiges of the once great British Empire, upon which the sun used to never set. The Prince of Wales has even addressed the conference – albeit by video – blaming agribusiness for ‘alarming’ deforestation rates.

According to a report in The Scotsman, the secretary general of the Commonwealth, Kamalesh Sharma, referred to deforestation as ‘environmental vandalism’ and stressed that the time to act was now.

He is quoted in an article from coolearth.org:

Forests, we know, represent almost three-quarters of the world’s terrestrial carbon. Cut them down and they are responsible for almost a quarter of man-made CO2 emissions. Tackle deforestation and we go a long way towards tackling climate change.

Fine words from both the Prince and Mr. Sharma, yet I couldn’t help but notice the big BP logo right at the top of the sponsors section of the conference’s website. Ah well, whaddaya gonna do?

Graham Land

Additional resources:

Commonwealth Forestry Association