Analyzing the environmental injustices of carbon offsetting : the limits of the California-REDD+ Linkage

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dc.contributor.advisor Ervine, Kate
dc.creator Lithgow, Matthew 2017-05-17T14:00:00Z 2017-05-17T14:00:00Z 2017
dc.identifier.other HC190 E5 L58 2017
dc.description vi, 176 leaves ; 29 cm
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 143-176).
dc.description.abstract Emissions from greenhouses gases (GHGs), especially carbon dioxide (CO2), have driven anthropogenic climate change. In response, global policymakers have promoted carbon trading and its subset, carbon offsetting, as approaches to lower these emissions by commodifying GHG reductions for market exchange. Recently, the US state of California has sought to incorporate carbon offsets from a “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation” (REDD+) program in the state of Acre, Brazil, into its own carbon trading scheme. Using a theoretical framework drawn from Marxist Political Economy, I argue that the “California-REDD+ linkage” is an ineffective and unjust method of climate change mitigation, because it prioritizes economic growth over substantial and equitable emissions reductions. By interrogating the environmental and social credibility of REDD+ offsetting, this thesis exposes the limits of market-based environmental strategies to mitigate climate change in a fossil fuel-powered capitalist society. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HC190.E5
dc.subject.lcsh Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (Program)
dc.subject.lcsh Environmental justice -- Brazil
dc.subject.lcsh Carbon offsetting -- Brazil
dc.subject.lcsh Emissions trading -- California
dc.title Analyzing the environmental injustices of carbon offsetting : the limits of the California-REDD+ Linkage en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA Master of Arts in International Development Studies Masters International Development Studies Program Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)

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