Climate One: Carbon Offsets: Privileged Pollution? (8-31-2019)

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Host: Greg Dalton

Guests: Kahlil Baker, Executive Director, Taking Root; Derik Broekhoff, Senior Scientist, Stockholm Environmental Institute; Zoe Cina-Sklar, Climate Justice Campaigner, Amazon Watch; Barbara Haya, Research Fellow, California Institute for Energy and Environment, UC Berkeley; Pauline Kalunda, Executive Director, Ecotrust Uganda; Pennie Opal Plant, Co-Founder, Idle No More SF Bay; Rajinder Sahota, Assistant Division Chief, Industrial Strategies Division, California Air Resources Board

Carbon offsets have been called everything from a band-aid solution to “the best thing a consumer can do right now.” A new service even offers customers a monthly subscription to offset their carbon footprint. Meanwhile, offset providers are scrutinized for transparency, and purchasers are criticized for using them as a get-out-of-jail-free card. In the race to bring carbon emissions to zero, are offsets a legitimate tool, or a scam to allow heavy emitters a way out of taking real action? What impact does purchasing offsets have on poorer communities?

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