Guilt replaces guilt

The content on this webpage contains paid/affiliate links. When you click on any of our affiliate link, we/I may get a small compensation at no cost to you. See our affiliate disclosure for more info

Last updated on July 16th, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Humanitarian leftists often complain about the exploitation of those in the developing world employed by, say, western footwear companies. Let’s hear them complain about carbon credit imperialism:

According to Climate Care, the use of labour-intensive treadle pumps, rather than labour-saving diesel-powered pumps, saves 0.65 tonnes of carbon a year per farming family. And well-off Westerners – including Cameron, and Prince Charles, Land Rover and the Cooperative Bank, who are also clients of Climate Care – can purchase this saved carbon in order to continue living the high life without becoming consumed by eco-guilt. They effectively salve their moral consciences by paying poor people to live the harsh simple life on their behalf …

Feeling guilty about your two-week break in Barbados, when you flew thousands of miles and lived it up with cocktails on sunlit beaches? Well, offset that guilt by sponsoring eco-friendly child labour in the developing world! Let an eight-year-old peasant pedal away your eco-remorse …

An important difference between those working for Nike and those pedalling for Gaia: in the first case, the developing world continues to develop.

(Via Dr Alice)

Posted by Tim B. on 09/06/2007 at 09:24 AM