Why carbon trading is a dangerous distraction

Popular video by Annie Leonard explaining why carbon trading won’t significantly reduce carbon emissions and is a dangerous corporate distraction from the real solutions and climate justice. Carbon trading is of course pushed not only by neoliberal politicians and green financial capitalists like Al Gore, Obama or Malcolm Turnbull but also by neoliberal Greens like Bob Brown and Christine Milne and capitalism-friendly environmental NGOs like the Climate Institute, WWF and ACF. To the extent they do so, these neoliberal environmentalists are actively participating in a dangerous corporate distraction and contributing to the planet’s demise as the climate clock ticks and ecological tipping points draw closer. After a temporary dip due to the global financial crisis, global carbon emissions are now at record levels. Hopefully the Occupy movement will extend its local economic concerns to such global issues in time as well. Enjoy.

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~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on December 5, 2011.

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