Waiting For Carbon Offsets That More English People Find Credible 2

Published on August 14, 2009

A nice research paper from Peter Winters. Extract: "Many English people like the idea of carbon offsets, but are not convinced they work well in practice. Based on our primary research, this document also provides a discussion about how better carbon offsets could be developed and marketed; and, by way of example, explores the case for a credible rainforest carbon offset scheme."

Peter added more in an e-mail to Greenscroll: "In Canada and the U.S., there seems to be a greater level of ignorance about carbon offsets than in England.  Flying is much more of a 'hot-button' environmental issue in England than in North America, and I think there is more discussion about offsets over there as well (so far).

"A quick scan of the demographics in Canada indicates that it is university educated, and Liberal party supporters who are most supportive of offsets in Canada."

Download the PDF here.

John Carson
Co-Founder and Communications Scroller, @greenscroll

2 comments

1. Peter Winters August 16, 2009, 01:32 #

Thanks John, I mention in our research document about the issue of how offsets are compared to medieval indulgencies. Yesterday I spent an hour at the National Gallery looking at the art of papal Rome. http://www.gallery.ca/english/540_2730.htm and unexpectedly, I learnt a lot more about papal indulgencies - and it is interesting how important they were in enflaming protestant ethics, leading to the Reformation .. "As an historical footnote, the medieval Catholic Church actually believed that indulgences could not be used to forgive sins; rather they should only be used to relieve the punishment due because of the sins. Sins would still need to be absolved by a priest for the sinner to receive salvation. Indulgencies were used throughout the medieval period. Pope Leo X (1475 – 1521) was noted for how strongly he promoted the sale of indulgences, using some of the proceeds in the renewal of Rome. In particular this money was used to commission work by Michelangelo and Raphael in such buildings as the new St. Peter’s, and the Basilica of St. Lorenzo in Florence. In 1517, Martin Luther wrote a treatise objecting to how the system of indulgences was being abused, initiating the Protestant Reformation." Some interesting parallels in how carbon offsets are now considered! Peter

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