Commonwealth Club Of California

Wednesday, November 27 at 2:00 pm

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?

Please join us for a panel discussion for insight into how carbon offsets are supposed to work, how they work in actual practice, and some of the unintended consequences of relying on carbon offsets to slow climate change.

Speakers:
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

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