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The Carbon Rush

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Amy Miller 2012

An up-close look at the insidious tango between government and big polluters and investigates whether or not carbon offsets are distracting us from what’s really required to tackle the climate crisis. We learn that the carbon market does little if anything to reduce greenhouse gases and that these offset projects are nothing more than schemes that provide false solutions. To date, there has been over three hundred billion dollars of carbon transactions worldwide. Instead of focusing resources to move away from a fossil fuel economy, massive international trading ventures have been established as the solution.


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Running Time: 52 min.
Subject(s): Activism, Current Affairs, Ecology, Environment, Economy, Human Rights, Politics, Science, Society
Language(s): English
Director(s):
Producer(s): Amy Miller, Byron Martin
Cinematographer: Paul Kell
Editor(s): Etienne Gagnon
Production Company: Byron A. Martin Productions, Wide Open Exposure Productions

Press

  • …one of the finest, most carefully researched and executed political exposés of the year.
    Ezra Winton, ART THREAT
  • The Carbon Rush is an intelligent and relentlessly critical look at an under-reported aspect of the earth's environmental problems.
    Dave Markland, RABBLE.CA
  • The documentary is filled with shockingly corrupt examples such as this one and sheds light on the state of environmental concern on the corporate level, without being overly alarmist.
    Ariana Trigueros-Corbo, THE CONCORDIAN
  • This one will get you boiling.
    Volkmar Richter, THE VANCOUVER OBSERVER
  • She [Amy Miller] hopes that the film will make people aware so that we can “concretely look at solutions that could be put in place.
    Bessie Chow and Justine Leonhardt, THE SOURCE
  • …the movie shows the failures and abuses of the carbon projects, it also seeks to change people’s attitude toward environmental issues.
    Anne-Myriam Abdelhak, THE LINK

Festival & Awards

  • Planete + Doc Film Festival, Poland - 2013
  • Montreal International Documentary Festival, Canada - 2012
  • Cinéfest, Canada - 2012
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada - 2012
  • Planet In Focus, Canada - 2012
  • Rendez Vous International Film Festival, Canada - 2012
  • Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, USA - 2012
  • Green Nation Film Festival, Brazil - 2012

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  • Incinerators burning garbage in India. Hundreds of hydroelectric dams in Panama. 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 how are they affecting the people who live in these countries?

    THE CARBON RUSH takes us around the world to meet the men and women on the front lines of carbon trading. So far their voices have gone unheard in the cacophony surrounding this multi-billion dollar carbon industry, nicknamed “green gold” by its beneficiaries.

    Indigenous rain forest dwellers are losing their way of life. Waste pickers at landfills can no longer support themselves. Dozens of Honduran Campesinos have been assassinated.

    THE CARBON RUSH travels across four continents and shows the connection between these tragedies and the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism. This groundbreaking documentary feature reveals the true cost of carbon trading and shows who stands to gain and who stands to lose.

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