John Oliver: Giggles and a Big Fail

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John Oliver’s recent broadside against carbon offsets last month got lots of laughs.  But Oliver and his team cherry-picked the data for the giggles. It was also a Big Fail. The piece ignored the important potential of offsets for those most challenged by climate change: at-risk local and indigenous communities. Failure of Standards, and Solutions […]

Missed Opportunity: Greenpeace on ENI in Zambia

Greenpeace Zambia Report

Greenpeace Report In May 2021, Greenpeace Italy issued a report entitled “The Luangwa Community Forests Project (LCFP) in Zambia, A review of the biggest REDD+ project in Africa financed by the Italian oil and gas company ENI,”  by Kelvin Mulungu. We read it and have some thoughts. Our organization, Nature For Justice (N4J), and my […]

Carbon Offset Investments? De-Risk Them.

Carbon Offset

Commitments to carbon neutrality are leading many companies to invest in carbon offset projects.  How do you manage the risk associated with these long-term, high ticket, high profile, no-kidding-our-kids-are-counting-on-us investments? Here’s how: pick a capable local partner, assess their managerial and technical capabilities, and invest to make them better.  It’s a win all around: projects […]