By Chris Lang
Last week, REDD-Monitor wrote about an Australian company called Conservation Central Network. The company claims to offer its members a way to “Save Forests and make money”.
Campbell Scott, CCN’s co-founder, left a comment on REDD-Monitor, consisting only of a link to the Journalists Ethics Code for Belarus.
This morning Scott sent a longer response by email, which is posted here in full (I’ll spare you the green font colour of the original email):
I have for a long time have been an avid reader of redd-monitor where i was able to keep up with the industry.
However i am shocked a recent article attacking our company
In this misguided article there are 5 copyright infringements using our
pictures without permission.
- That we are liers as per the head line.
- False accusation of being a pyramid scheme.
- People can join for $30 as just a member
- People can purchase Little green tokens
- No one is forced to recruit and there is no payment for recruitment.
- Money goes to acquisition of carbon credits amongst other things.
The accusation of CCN being a fraudulent pyramid scheme is libelous and wrong we have been scrutinized by the Direct Selling association and various government bodies in this regards and have complied with all rules and regulations to date..
The accusation that we claim a carbon credit value is $664 is also wrong. We do not claim this at all, we merely point out that a recent study showed that the social and economic benefits derived from producing a carbon credit according the report is shown to be $664.
That’s good will and a social economic value, not as the article wrongly suggests that an owner of a carbon credit can claim. The report is clear in its research and makes no suggestions that a carbon is worth $664 https://archive.today/NA1zh
Another wrongful accusation that that a hectare of forest will only produce a certain amount of carbon credits once ever, is also wrong. A hectare of forest will produce carbon credits every year. Not just once only as this article would have us believe.
A conservation project that produced just 300 carbon credits for the life of the project (say 30 years) would be financially impossible to fund.
The words quoted below that we tell people to
“quote, CCN explains that having got involved and become a member (by paying CCN) you then encourage your friends, contacts on Facebook, LinkedIn and so on, to become members (by paying CCN). Then all of these new members do the same with their contacts. end quote”
This is a complete fabrication and a lie.
All in all this article has so many untruths, inaccuracies and malice i am at a loss how an article such as this could be published, not to mention wild and damaging comments that have been generated because of this article..
I believe that i have sighted enough of a reply here to have this slanderous article taken down please and the author reprimanded for publishing such a defaming article.
In fairness i have not resorted to threats and lawyers and hope you will see the facts and truth in this reply.