You probably already know Annie Leonard for her very famous video “The Story of Stuff” launched online in 2007 that depicted our consumerist lifestyle and its dramatic consequences on our environment. Annie Leonard’s videos are acclaimed for tackling very serious and complicated issues in a simple, humoristic, yet smart and sharp fashion.
If some still need to be shown the dramatic consequences of our consumption rate I invite you to watch this video. Maybe you will better understand my motivation to change my lifestyle and feel inspired to do the same.
This year Annie Leonard is back with a video on the carbon cap and trade system so often mentioned in international climate talks. “The Story of Cap and Trade” was launched during the first week of negotiations at COP15.
As negotiations finished in the Danish capital it’s important to spend time on a major element of the debates: carbon emissions cap and trade systems. At COP15, on Monday December 7th The European Union proposed a presentation by the UK on possible changes and improvements of the current European Trading Scheme. None can really doubt that carbon trading schemes are at the center of many concerns. However as terms such as ‘carbon offsetting’, ‘credits’, ‘cap’ are fusing around in negotiations, Annie Leonard suggests us to pause, hold and think about what we are actually dealing with.
In fact before we go down the road of cap and trade, we should better make sure that we know what we are talking about. This is were “The Story of Cap and Trade” comes into the picture. Annie Leonard proposes a critical assessment and clear warning against carbon markets in her trademark fact-filled cartoon.
“The Story of Cap and Trade” is a story that I suggest our world leaders listen to at night…
Without further ado, here’s “The Story of Cap and Trade”:
Article originally posted on the ECO Singapore @COP15 blog. Check it out here for a detailed report of the Copenhagen negotiations as lived by Singaporean youths. Thanks my friends!