Environment Minister Greg Hunt wants us to get back to our roots, literally, when it comes to tackling climate change. But is his crusade against deforestation just a smokescreen for Australia’s rising emissions?

In June 2013, at the Powershift summit in Melbourne, Hunt, then opposition spokesman on the environment, faced down a hall of young environmentalists calling for climate action with a seemingly simple plan: “We need to protect the great forests of the world,” he said.