Invercargill MP Eric Roy is aiming for a carbon neutral re-election campaign and launched it by planting trees in yesterday.
Tree-planting, recycled paper, and eliminating my carbon footprint are all on the agenda as I launch New Zealand’s first carbon-neutral election campaign to retain the Invercargill electorate.
As National’s associate conservation spokesman and an environmentalist, I wanted a campaign launch with a difference.
We’ve spent a lot of time on environmental issues this year, so I thought ‘why don’t I try and run a carbon-neutral campaign’?
Eric planted 20 podocarps in Queens Park yesterday which should be more than enough to off-set the carbon emissions produced while he drives around the electorate.
As well as offsetting my election carbon dioxide with the plantings, campaign material would in the main be hand-delivered around Invercargill, and campaign materials would use 100% recycled paper.
I will have to drive my car sometimes because it’s a long walk to Riverton for election meetings, but the tree planting is my offset.
Eric’s 2 year-old grandson helped with the planting.
He’s my tree monitor. Over the years he’ll be the one keeping an eye on them for me. It’s one way to stop him going to live in Australia!
Eric has challenged other candidates to follow his green example but the Southland Times reports :
Invercargill’s Green Party candidate Craig Carson applauded Mr Roy’s attempt to go carbon neutral.
“I think it’s great that he’s doing it. How well it works or not I’m not sure.” Mr Carson said that because he worked fulltime and had limited resources, he was not able to follow suit.
Kermit was right, it’s not easy being green and Eric’s showing that Blue-Green is greener than Green.