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46 GM Production Plants Are Also Quasi-Wildlife Sanctuaries

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GM has had problems before, Volkswagen is having them now, and some critics in the industry claim there’s no carmaker out there that is not polluting in one way or another. You may consider eco-conscious drivers as a minority, but it appears they’re powerful enough to force auto manufacturers to act like they care about the environment.

They said Elon Musk is going to save the planet, but people in the biz know better not to trust such big words. However, he did tackle a movement that was, after all, inevitable: eco-consciousness. The world was going towards that direction no matter how much gas giants struggled to convince our governments global warming was just a big joke. When you see your house being flushed away by a storm coming all of a sudden, climate change seems to make sense.

GM is developing its Bolt electric vehicle and has a couple of hybrids on the line too, but this PR move it made may sound like a prank. General Motors claims to have a plan to secure wildlife certifications or equivalents at each of its manufacturing sites by 2020, a road they have already walked half way.

Well, congratulations from all the bees and birds lovers out there, but does this really count as saving the planet?

“General Motors’ continued conservation leadership and commitment to habitat enhancement sets an example for other companies to follow,” said Margaret O’Gorman, president, Wildlife Habitat Council. “The global aspect of GM’s participation in conservation programs raises awareness of corporate conservation’s impact in enhancing ecosystems of value around the world.”

The company claims its Gunsan plant in South Korea is its first manufacturing site in Asia to earn certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council for establishing a wildlife habitat on corporate lands. But this is just one of 46 GM sites around the world that have been recognized by the nonprofit for biodiversity programs, apparently. In Gunsan, the carmaker brags it helped to rescue trees that first sprouted more than a century ago.

At GM’s Orion Assembly it says it established an onsite pollinator garden to protect declining populations of honey bees and monarch butterflies. In Kansas City, its Fairfax Assembly plant has a 2.5-acre of habitat. In total, the company now manages nearly 4,700 acres of wildlife habitat in seven countries.

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