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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)