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Camel Culling: Carbon Credits vs Public Service Campaignby Dalene Ingham-Brown


Photo by Tambako the Jaguar

I have a dream. A dream where wild camels can roam free on the plains of Australia.

The Australian government is looking to cull their camel population because apparently camels emit too much carbon dioxide from burping and farting. A camel emits, on average, about 45kg of methane a year. So what? So does my grandpa, but you don’t see me dragging him out to the shed, shotgun in hand. Aussie authorities are trying to persuade companies to get involved; offering them ‘carbon-credits’ for aiding in the culling. Basically this means that based on however many camels you kill, your company gets more leeway for the amount of greenhouse gas it is allowed to emit. I say, leave the darn camels alone and invest in a public service campaign to get citizens to reduce their carbon footprint.

Here are some simple ways you can do that without having to kill a camel: Ways to be eco-friendly: When painting, use co-products like latex paint instead of oil-based paint. Latex paint has less harmful chemicals in it and therefore smells a whole lot better to you and the earth.

Use alternative energy sources like windmill kits: they’re not too expensive and are a great source of electricity in windy areas. Opt for solar energy: This is great to use for solar powered water heaters.

Instead of travelling by car, how about looking at other more eco-friendly ways to travel? How about getting an electric bike or an electric motor to add on to your regular bicycle?

Buy organic food. Conventional farming uses huge amounts of harmful chemicals in their pesticides and fertilizers as well as in the machinery used to run a farm. Organic farmers use methods which mean reducing fossil fuel inputs. Some farmers even use animals to help on the farm instead of using machinery.

Do away with buying plastic bags at stores and rather take your own reusable bag with you. If only we humans practiced the ‘reduce, recycle, reuse’ concept religiously; then camels in Australia would be able to sleep at night.

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