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Leading Australian strata insurance specialist signs environmental deal

CHU, Australia’s leading strata insurance specialist, has signed a three-year agreement with environmental scientist/explorer Tim Jarvis’s Forktree project in combating climate change and biodiversity loss.

CHU has agreed to offset its carbon footprint by planting thousands of  trees on degraded farmland on the Fleurieu peninsula in South Australian to restore its pristine condition.

CHU CEO Bobby Lehane urged other businesses to consider similar action.

The project involves restoring a 53 ha former pastoral property on the Fleurieu Peninsula. The land currently has about 30-40 native trees on it but should have 30-40,000.

“Restoring the land will bring huge biodiversity benefits, as well as sequestering tens of thousands of tonnes of carbon,” said Mr Jarvis.

“Climate change and biodiversity loss are the biggest threats facing us. The Forktree Project involves restoring and reforesting an area of degraded farmland to help combat these threats and act as a showcase for what is possible in terms of land regeneration and off-grid living.”

Mr Jarvis added: “I congratulate CHU in wholeheartedly embracing this project and for its environmental stand, and I encourage other parts of the insurance and strata industry to seek areas where they can help promote biodiversity and the environment.”

NOTE: Tim Jarvis AM is an environmental scientist, author, film maker, adventurer and public speaker. He is committed to finding pragmatic solutions to major environmental issues related to climate change and biodiversity loss and uses his speaking engagements, films and books about his expeditions/work to progress thinking in these areas. He was conferred a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to environment, community and exploration in the 2010 Australian honours list; voted the Australian Adventurer of the Year in 2013; Conservationist of the Year in 2016 (Australian Geographic Society); made a Bragg Fellow of the Royal Institution of Australia and is Global Ambassador to international sustainability NGO WWF. In 2013 the adventurer and environmental scientist re-enacted Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 1916 epic journey, sailing a replica of his boat 1,500km across the Southern Ocean from Antarctica, where Shackleton’s men were stranded for more than a year, to South Georgia island, then climbing over its mountainous interior to the site of the whaling station where Shackleton finally found help.