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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 84 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: See link below

Copyright Date: 2012
Available in French: Yes

Hundreds of hydroelectric dams in Panama. Incinerators burning garbage in India. Biogas extracted from palm oil in Honduras. Eucalyptus forests harvested for charcoal in Brazil.
What do these projects have in common? They are all receiving carbon credits for offsetting pollution created somewhere else. But what impact are these offsets having? Are they actually reducing emissions? And what about the people and the communities where these projects have been set up?
THE CARBON RUSH takes us around the world to meet the people most impacted. They are the least heard in the cacophony surrounding this emerging "green-gold" multi-billion dollar carbon industry.
From indigenous rain forest dwellers having their way of life completely threatened, to dozens of Campesinos assassinated, to the livelihood of waste pickers at landfills taken away. THE CARBON RUSH travels across four continents and brings us up close to projects working through the United Nations, Kyoto Protocol designed Clean Development Mechanism. This ground breaking documentary features asks the fundamental questions - what happens when we manipulate markets to solve the climate crisis? Who stands to gain and who stands to suffer?
With narration by Daryl Hannah
"One of the finest, most carefully researched and executed political exposes of the year"  - Ezra Winton, Art Threat

“This one will get you boiling. It shows again how we are shipping our climate change problems out of our sight. Big companies are buying carbon credits, which allow them to keep on emitting as much CO2 as always by supporting projects that reduce emissions in third world countries. Or so they say.” – The Vancouver Observer

52 & 84 minute versions of the film
5.1 sound
Spanish, Portuguese & French subtitles
Theatrical trailer

NOTE:  French narrated version is 52 minutes.  


Award of Merit, The Indie Festival, USA

Official Selection:
Planet In Focus Festival, Canada
Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada
Global Visions Film Festival, Canada
RIDM - Montreal International Documentary Festival, Canada
Cinéfest, Canada
International Environmental Film Festival, Paris
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, USA
Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, USA
Newport Beach Film Festival, USA
Planete + Doc Film Festival, Poland
Green Nation Film Festival, Brazil
Docville, International Documentary Film Festival, Belgium

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