Sunday 11th of April 2021

saving the royal planet...


ITV1 will air a one-off special documentary following ‘Her Majesty the Queen and an ambitious legacy project to create a global network of protected forests’ on Monday 16 April.

Focusing on the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy and highlighting her little-known love of trees, the film, titled The Queen’s Green Planet, will have at its heart a conversation between the Queen and beloved nature broadcaster Sir David Attenborough in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

ITV teased it thus:

“In a rare opportunity to see the Queen talking informally to Sir David, the conversation ranges from climate change, to conkers and birthday gifts. 

“In the often humorous exchange, the Queen reveals her passion for nature and how the garden’s history is intertwined with that of her family, charting the lives of her children but also delving into the past of her great, great grandparents Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. 

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So far, so good… except when our “High Commissioner”, Lord fishnet of Downerunderpants, got the award for “planting trees” somewhere in Aussieland some alarm bells rung aloud. With this, the concept of the project went fast down the drain of self-serving fake news, fabulism and Public Relation exercise: the Queen is a greenie, don’t forget it. Okay okay but our Fishnet is a spy and a member of a political party allied with land-clearing lovers.

Or did our Downer get this gong for his “liberal” (COnservative) government protecting two (2) trees in Hyde Park, Sydney? I have no idea but the royal intent was lost, considering the damage that successive Aussie governments — since the underhanded take-over of this land by the Poms — have done. Just think for a moment: 95 per cent of Australian forests have been destroyed since that fatal shore arrival. 95 %!… And this does not include the deserts , nor  the mallees and the Queensland bush being destroyed daily by farmers with HUGE bulldozers in order to cultivate more cotton or graze more sheep that die on ships on their way to Indonesia or Pakistan. Yes, It’s a tough land…
So we have a mega problem here.
Of course the Canadian tribes can be proud for having protected forested land that could have become shale-oil holy oily grounds, except there was no shale beneath the trees. Had there been shale below the forests, the medal plus the sealed parchment would have gone to a decrepit teddy bear that had lost his button-eyes long ago.
Yes the old royal stick with Sir David is impressive. I’m sure the Duke had a "bon mot" about it, probably sarcastic as usual. Let’s hope so. Gus is on the same wavelength... though he has more respect, despite republican hopes.
Oh... by the way, her sniggering majesty's quip about a very annoying noisy overhead chopper was a masterpiece of Sarcasm-Herself, when she suggested it was "Trump". 

3.5 billion to 7 billion trees are cut down per year...

Rainforests across the world are in great danger. Food and Agriculture Organization’s 2016 State of the Forests report revealed that 7 million hectares of forest are lost annually while agricultural land expands by 6 million. The biggest threat to forests today is industrial agriculture production of commodities like Conflict Palm Oilfabricpaper and logging. Only 4 billion hectares of forest remain worldwide according to Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015.

How many trees are cut down each year? For what purpose?

  1. As for how many trees are cut down each year, concludes that intact forest landscapes from 2000-2013 were reduced globally by 70,000 square kilometers per year (about the size of Costa Rica) for a total of 919,000 square kilometers. As to the "number of trees" this represents, it's impossible to get an accurate count. Tree density in primary forests varies from 50,000-100,000 trees per square km, so the math would put this number at 3.5 billion to 7 billion trees cut down each year. 

  2. According to,  major categories contributing to forest loss include: Timber harvesting (37%), agricultural expansion (28%), wildfire (21%), construction of roads for resource mining and extraction, pipelines, and power lines (12%) and expansion of transportation networks via roads (2%).
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a message from the tree-fellers...

trees on tap

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has welcomed Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price’s recognition this morning that the Coalition’s commitment to plant one billion new trees over the next decade will play a key role in meeting Australia’s climate change targets, AFPA Chief Executive Officer Mr Ross Hampton said today.

“This morning on national ABC radio program AM, Environment Minister Melissa Price discussed the new national forest industries plan and used it as an example of how Australia can meet climate targets,” Mr Hampton said.

Minister Price – Only a couple of weeks ago, we announced our new forestry plan, which is a plan to build one billion trees and create some 18,000 jobs”.

It is pleasing that there is increasing interest in the vital role that growing Australia’s plantation estate through initiatives identified in the national forest industries plan can play in tackling climate change and creating jobs across the country,” Mr Hampton said.

“Earlier this year AFPA released the ‘18 by 2030 – Forest industries help tackle Australia’s climate change challenge’ strategy, which outlined that with the right government policies, forest industries can be responsible for removing 18 megatonnes of CO2 equivalent from Australia’s economy, per year from 2030.

“Furthermore, it was noted in a column by Environment Editor Graham Lloyd in today’s Australian that, Support by the Australian government for plans to plant one billion trees to reboot our plantation timber industry has received scant attention, yet this measure could achieve about one-quarter of Australia’s Paris targets, while creating an estimated 18,000 jobs.


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