Carbon Rush

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November 2nd, 2013, 10:00am – 11:45am
University of Winnipeg, Room 1L11 (Lockhart Hall), 515 Portage Avenue

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 travels across four continents and brings us up close to projects working through the United Nations Kyoto Protocol designed Clean Development Mechanism. This groundbreaking documentary asks the fundamental questions, “What happens when we manipulate markets to solve the climate crisis? Who stands to gain and who stands to suffer?”