OFFSET INDULGENCES FOR
YOUR CLIMATE SINS
offsets are the modern day indulgences, sold to an increasingly carbon
conscious public to absolve their climate sins. Scratch the surface,
however, and a disturbing picture emerges, where creative accountancy
and elaborate shell games cover up the impossibility of verifying
genuine climate change benefits, and where communities in the South
often have little choice as offset projects are inflicted on them.
This report argues that offsets place disproportionate emphasis on
individual lifestyles and carbon footprints, distracting attention from
the wider, systemic changes and collective political action that needs
to be taken to tackle climate change. Promoting more effective and
empowering approaches involves moving away from the marketing gimmicks,
celebrity endorsements, technological quick fixes, and the North/South
exploitation that the carbon offsets industry embodies.
Read introduction in swedish here