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Carbon colonialism

Carbon colonialism is a term used by critics of carbon trading to describe how wealthy consumers can use carbon offset’s projects in the North (northern countries) to displace their high-carbon consuming practices by offsetting their emissions cheaply in the South.

By the name of climate change, this trade/barter opens the door to a new form of colonialism. These actions of trading can lead to the acquisition of poorer peoples’ land, their displacement, and impoverishment; practices associated with traditional means of colonial domination. See Amazon rainforest and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD)


Climate Capitalism, Global Warming and the Transformation of the Global Economy PETER NEWELL University of East Anglia MATTHEW PATERSON University of Ottawa

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