The subject of Carbon Offsetting seems to have come up recently as a result of the Greenbird record attempt, and the trip to Oz I didn’t make. I’ve never been a fan of it (offsetting) that’s for sure.
But I read something last week in the Guardian which I thought worth a mention. It was about a new approach to carbon offsetting that would in fact make an excellent Monty Python sketch, Life of Brian style.
Some (otherwise serious) people have come up with the idea that current offsetting is all about resisting climate change by reducing emissions in the developing world and they reckon it would be better if instead offsetting was about helping people cope with the impacts of climate change.
There’s some logic to it and it sounded reasonable until I read an example of what they had in mind – teaching kids in India to swim so that they can survive the floods. It fell apart for me there.
I think it’s the most callous thing I’ve ever heard, it must certainly run the risk of coming across as callous when put to the victims of our climate change fuelling lifestyles.
“Sorry we can’t/won’t change how we live, but we’re not unsympathetic, here’s some swimming lessons to help your kids out”
Is it a fantastic piece of black humour?
Or a clever device to make the ‘conventional’ form of offsetting look quite sane and more appealing?
Or are these guys quite serious. I think the latter is unfortunately the case.