Carbon offsets and birding in Australia

To: John Harris <>
Subject: Carbon offsets and birding in Australia
From: Ian May <>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 00:04:00 +1100
Hi  all

Rather than paying carbon offset penalties for bird watching in Australia I think there is a better way to manage this. To encourage the complete enjoyment of our natural environment "the Government should " be offering generous carbon subsidies, concessions and income tax deductions to provide incentives for people to take up passive nature based interests. Funded from the carbon tax, supplemented by the mining tax, and guaranteed by the goods and services tax, this great initiative would help defray the seriously escalating costs of birding in Australia and also generate much more appreciation of birds generally.

Birding has just become too expensive when you consider the spiraling costs of travel to attend pelagics, camp in National Parks, new cameras, binoculars, computers, smart phones, field guides, playback speakers, club subscriptions, access permits, alcohol and cigarettes etc. etc. not to mention the outrageous running costs of say a new V8 4WD Landcruiser to explore this great country of ours. When you consider that fuel in some remoter areas is about $3 per litre even before the carbon tax is applied and to replace just one lousy tyre staked during a short off road jaunt to twitch a new bird can cost more than $300, it is little wonder that we bird watchers need Government $$$ help, not carbon penalties to help us thoroughly enjoy the natural environment and have some fun..

Ian May
St Helens, Tasmania

John Harris wrote:

Hope all you twitchers are paying to offset your carbon emissions from
your plane flights, otherwise it is not "harmless" as Greg puts it!

Yours in all things "green"


John Harris
Manager, Environment and Sustainability
Donvale Christian College
155 Tindals Rd Donvale 3111
03 9844 2471  Ext 277
03 9844 1102 Fax
0409 090 955

President, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria (FNCV)
Past President, Victorian Association for Environmental Education
"Greg Little" <> 14/11/2011 10:17 AM >>>
It is good to hear people enjoying a
little harmless madness.

Greg Little


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