Abbott Government has a mandate for Soil Carbon Credits.
January 28, 2014 Louisa Kiely
|Hey there – This time, a message from our esteemed leader, Michael:
“The Abbott Government has a mandate to introduce a system of soil carbon credits that will make it financially attractive for landholders to adopt regenerative soil management practices that capture and hold carbon in the landscape.
The Abbott Government fought two federal elections with the promise: “Under the Direct Action plan, soil carbons will be the major plank of our strategy.” As long ago as 2008 then Shadow Minister Greg Hunt declared that the Coalition had “a soil carbon vision”. A Coalition Government would commit to a “once in a century” replenishment of our national soils and farmlands. Those of us working for this outcome took Greg Hunt at his word. Now, as Minister, he can deliver on the vision.
The Minister has declared 1st July, 2014 the start of the new Carbon Farming Initiative. He will need to deliver on his promise to remove the suffocating green tape that requires each land-based carbon activity to have its own Act of Parliament and its participants to hold an Australian Financial Services Licence. His presentation at the National Carbon Farming Conference in Canberra on 17-20 March, 2014 will be watched closely.
Greg Hunt could find himself in the centre of a perfect storm of opportunity: a low cost method of measuring soil carbon has emerged from the CSIRO; Hunt’s own department has a soil carbon ‘methodology’ on the work bench; and a breakthrough in the economics of biochar could make it available at last for broadacre farmers. All three will be subject of presentations at the Conference.
Michael Mobbs speaks the truth: You cannot prevent extreme weather events by avoiding emissions because you can’t prevent your grandfather’s emissions and it is they doing all the damage. They must be extracted from the atmosphere and there is only one way to do that at the scale we need it: photosynthesis, Nature’s carbon vacuum cleaner. Billions of hectares of agricultural soils can be deployed immediately at critical mass and massive capacity.
Emissions reduction is the long term solution. But there is no long term without a short term. Click here to see what Michael Mobbs has to say (this article was recently reprinted)
Coming soon: – I’ll be putting the ‘spotlight’ on our speakers, and topics, showcasing what each will bring to the table. Our speakers are ‘hand-picked’, using those who are in an important ‘niche’ in this space.
Our aim is to educate, drive the agenda forward, and showcase those who are already paving the way.
Our goal remains ‘to see soil carbon (and other opportunities) traded and farmers paid fairly for what they grow.
AND its happening! Click here to see what is happening in Kenya