The Carbon Rush

English (Available dubbed in French)

By one standard, incinerators burning garbage in India are part of eco-friendly development. So are hundreds of hydroelectric dams in Panama, biogas extracted from palm oil in Honduras and eucalyptus forests harvested for charcoal in Brazil.

The environmental link? They all receive carbon credits for offsetting pollution created somewhere else. But what impact do these offsets have? Are they actually reducing emissions? And how are they affecting the people who live in these countries?

The Carbon Rush takes us to the front lines of carbon trading around the world. The people there are largely unheard in the swell of discussions controlled by the multi-billion dollar carbon industry, nicknamed “green gold” by those who profit from it. But indigenous rain-forest dwellers are losing their way of life. Even waste pickers at landfills can no longer support themselves. And disputes have led to the murder of poor peasants.

The Carbon Rush spans four continents to show the connection between these tragedies and the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism. This groundbreaking documentary finally reveals the true cost of carbon trading, identifying who stands to win and who stands to lose.


Cast/Participants: Daryl Hannah, Karine Vanasse

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Awards & Nominations


Golden Sheaf Awards