Limit the excessive emission of CO2 being produced from deforestation

Limit the excessive emission of CO2 being produced from deforestation

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Cassandra Griffin started this petition to Hon Shane Jones

The Resource Management Act of 1991 is the policy needed to change in order to put tighter regulations regarding how much carbon dioxide is being emitted into the atmosphere as a result of deforestation. The purpose of the act is to ensure environmental sustainability of activities such as deforestation. What is particularly unique about New Zealand’s forestry profile is that a number of forestry protection and exports are established from privately-owned forests, which have been grown specifically for the purpose of harvesting. However, in order to harvest under the Resource Management Act, forestry owners must apply for consent by the council. Although these regulations which are put in place to ensure forests are being sustainably harvested, the act in itself does not regulate the amount of forestry that is being harvested each year. Furthermore, the act does not prevent or limit the number of greenhouse emissions being released into the environment. Therefore, my aim to influence this policy is to change the terms of the Resource Management Act, to promote stricter harvesting laws which regulate the number of greenhouse gases being emitted into the atmosphere each year. However, these gases are not only emitted as a result of trees being cut down but also through the high power tools, which are used in the process of deforestation. Forestry is one of New Zealand's most deadly jobs, as it was recorded in a 2018 Worksafe Report that “based on fatality rates per 100,000 workers, forestry was more dangerous at 56.73, followed by 13.44 for agriculture and 2.38 for construction”. Therefore, with this in mind, I also impose that a term of the Resource Management Act should cover the use of safer and more environmentally friendly tools as well as processes, which would be used during the harvesting trees. By applying these new laws to forestry companies, it would overall be beneficial to the safety of forestry workers, as well as the countries production of greenhouse gas emissions. By targeting both the limit of what is harvested as well as the process in which forest workers harvest, it would significantly help the two large issues in New Zealand which is global warming, as well as the danger of working in forestry industries in New Zealand.

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