"Pope Buys a Papal Indulgence"
Okay, some don’t like the papal indulgence analogy, though others do. And to be fair, the press release notes the Vatican is “steadily reducing its carbon footprint with energy efficiency and solar power”–and the new trees in Hungary apparently satisfy the relatively tough criteria for “EU JI Track 1 approval.”
But 100% new trees is just not a good offset strategy as I and others have repeatedly argued — and especially trees as far north as Hungary. Also the company they are buying from, Planktos/KlimaFa, is part of the same company that is hoping to sell dubious geo-engineering as offsets (more on that in a later post).
We just can’t indulge ourselves in the false hope that cheap trees are a viable solution to the climate crisis.