News from the Natural World: Carbon offsetting only allows the Middle Class to holiday relentlessly without accepting reality.
News from the Natural World: Carbon offsetting only allows the Middle Class to holiday relentlessly without accepting reality. A new report from the animal kingdom has found out that carbon offsetting has no real positive impact on the environment and instead just allows the rich wealthy middle-class strata of human society to holiday relentlessly without accepting the reality of their carbon emissions. The biggest problem with carbon offsetting is that it doesn’t really work. Airlines and oil companies love talking about it. But to be serious about tackling climate change, they need to stop carbon emissions from getting into the atmosphere in the first place. It gives people a license to pollute the environment. If a person buys carbon offsets, they can pollute the environment without worrying about it. It is because they know that the amount of carbon they emit is being reduced by carbon offsetting. Another problem is that offsets are cheap at the moment. If prices are too low, offsets won’t generate enough pressure to get an individual or government or business to change their own carbon-intensive behaviour, and in fact, may simply grant them license to keep doing what they’re doing. In most cases, sadly it does not. It’s a con. If a business or someone you know tells you they are going net-zero, ask them just how far they are going in cutting their emissions. … The reality is that we – government, businesses and individuals – need to cut our emissions by as much as we can, as fast as we can.