/ sustainability

Cheat Neutral

Most likely by now you have heard about the idea of "carbon neutrality", which is a happy state wherein you can say that your day-to-day existence is not resulting in any adverse affects on the environment, because your carbon emissions have been "offset" through good old fashioned moolah. You emit, so you buy these offsets, and some company supposedly plants a tree and viola, it's as if your Hummer runs on water. Sound like crap? It is. And some very funny peopple have put up a very funny satire of the whole sham. Cheat Neutral is looking to help you feel less guilty about cheating on your partner by selling "cheat offsets":

Cheatneutral is about offsetting infidelity. We're the only people doing it, and Cheatneutral is a joke.

Carbon offsetting is about paying for the right to carry on emitting carbon. The Carbon offset industry sold £60 million of offsets last year, and is rapidly growing. Carbon offsetting is also a joke.

"But Rob, don't you work in sustainable design? Aren't you all for reducing the impact on climate change?" Well, yeah, I guess I am these days. That's why I think setting up corporations that take your money and trade on the future of this dubious practice of washing away a climate sin with some greenbacks does nothing to change the habits or tendencies of the people causing the problem.

After having a laugh at Cheat Neutral, swing over to Carbon Trade Watch for more straight info on this little bit of nonsense called carbon offsets.