Jordan Candler / December 18, 2015

Climate Summit Chef Punished for Environmental Damage

No joke.

Now this is rich. The Telegraph today reports:

One of France’s top chefs whose food was served at the Paris climate conference was last week fined €100,000 (£73,000) for damaging the environment around his Alpine restaurant. Marc Veyrat was among five top Gallic chefs who cooked up an “eco-menu” fit for the 150-odd heads of state gathered outside Paris earlier this month to seal a historic climate deal. French diplomats surmised that one of the reasons that previous attempts had failed was because the food was not good enough to inspire the negotiators. But in an ironic ruling, a court in Annecy, south-eastern France, on Friday found Mr Veyrat guilty of cutting down 7,000 sq m (75,000 sq ft) of forest around his hotel-restaurant La Maison des Bois in Manigod, in Haute-Savoie, without authorisation and drying up 10,000 sq m of wetland making large parts of it “sterile.” The court gave the revered 65-year-old … three months to restore the damaged areas to their original state, in particular a bog that is waterlogged six months per year. If he does not comply with the court ruling within the time period, he will be forced to pay a €3,000 per day fine.

We can debate the appropriateness of leveling 75,000 sq. ft. of forestry and drying up wetlands. But here’s a question: Will any of the 22,000 delegates who emitted an estimated 300,000 tons of CO2 to attend COP21 face reprimands for their unnecessary carbon footprint?

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