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Like pushing food around your plate...

"Carbon offsets...are like pushing your food around your plate to give the impression you've eaten it."

Bite notes:  This is a quote from the Book, 'Heat: How to Stop the Planet From Burning', by George Monbiot. Carbon offsets were originally thought to be an effective way or reducing global emissions; however as time has passed many people have started to think that Monbiot is right. More here.

Monbiot explains his thinking on carbon offsets in this UK Guardian article. As he says...Carbon offsetting makes sense if you are seeking a global cut of 5% between now and forever. It is the cheapest and quickest way of achieving an insignificant reduction. But as soon as you seek substantial cuts, it becomes an unfair, impossible nonsense, the equivalent of pulling yourself off the ground by your whiskers. Yes, let us help poorer nations to reduce deforestation and clean up pollution. But let us not pretend that it lets us off the hook.


Image source: Jim Champion

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Submitted by
John Russell
Created
2011-08-27