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Carbon Offsets: Privileged Pollution?

Carbon offsets: They’ve 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?

This was an audio-only program featuring multiple interviews that were conducted separately.

July 30, 2019

The Commonwealth Club of California
595 Market St.
San Francisco, 94102
United States

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, Center for Environmental Public Policy
Pauline Nantongo Kalunda
Executive Director, Ecotrust Uganda
Pennie Opal Plant
Owner, Gathering Tribes
Greg Dalton
Founder and Host, Climate One

This program was not recorded in front of an audience