The Carbon Rush

Shared Planet The Bigger Picture
Director: Amy Miller | Countries of production: Canada | Year: 2012 | Length: 84 min
Language: English with English subtitles | Age: 15+ years

Hundreds of hydroelectric dams in Panama. Incinerators burning garbage in India. Biogas extracted from palm oil in Honduras. Eucalyptus forests harvested for charcoal in Brazil.

What do these projects have in common? They are all receiving carbon credits for offsetting pollution created somewhere else. But what impact are these offsets having? Are they actually reducing emissions? And what about the people and the communities where these projects have been set up?

The Carbon Rush takes us around the world to meet the people most impacted by the multi-billion dollar carbon industry–from indigenous rain forest dwellers having their way of life completely threatened, to the waste pickers at landfills who have had their livelihood taken away–and explores what happens when we manipulate markets to solve the climate crisis, and who stands to gain and who stands to suffer.

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