Video: The Carbon Connection — The human impact of carbon trading

Video: The Carbon Connection — The human impact of carbon trading

Two communities affected by one new global market – the trade in carbon dioxide. In Scotland, a town has been polluted by oil and chemical companies since the 1940s. In Brazil, local people’s water and land is being swallowed up by destructive monoculture eucalyptus tree plantations. Both communities now share a new threat.

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As part of the deal to reduce greenhouse gases that cause dangerous climate change, major polluters can now buy carbon credits that allow them to pay someone else to reduce emissions instead of cutting their own pollution. What this means for those living next to the oil industry in Scotland is the continuation of pollution caused by their toxic neighbours. Meanwhile in Brazil, the schemes that generate carbon credits gives an injection of cash for more planting of the damaging eucalyptus plantations.

The two communities are now connected by bearing the brunt of the new trade in carbon credits. The Carbon Connection follows the story of two groups of people from each community who learned to use video cameras and made their own films about living with the impacts of the carbon market.

From mental health issues in Scotland to the loss of medicinal plants in Brazil, the communities discover the connections they have with each other and the film follows them on this journey.

40 minutes | PAL/NTSC | English/Spanish/Portuguese subtitles.The Carbon Connection is a Fenceline Films presentation in partnership with the Transnational Institute Environmental Justice Project and Carbon Trade Watch, the Alert Against the Green Desert Movement, FASE-ES, and the Community Training and Development Unit.

Learn about the impact of carbon trading and offsets at Carbon Trade Watch.

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Posted on 13 April, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. My friend Nik Thomas and I are organizing a film documentary effort, to capture the emerging story of climate justice. We’ve got a thumbs up from Rising Tide and Earth First! already. We’re interested in getting some footage in New Orleans, Appalachia (coal country), Washington D.C., and at the U.N. “greenwashed” climate conference shut down in Copenhagen in December. If you dig our aspiration, feel free to make contact. craigstehr@hushmail.com

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