Carbon trading has not worked since Kyoto and is unlikely to work now. Global carbon emissions have increased by 40% since 1990 and we are no closer to reducing greenhouse gas emissions than we were when negotiations1. The climate crisis demonstrates that it’s impossible to have infinite growth on a finite planet. The perpetual economic growth is totally at odds with our scientific knowledge about the finite resource base and the fragile ecology on which we depend for survival'.
2. The climate talks put corporate profits before the needs of people and the atmosphere. The market based solutions being pushed in the UN Climate talks lead to land grabbing and more inequity. False solutions like carbon trading will not solve the climate crisis.
3. We need systems change not climate change. We need a deeper analysis of the problems and more support for communities developing solutions.
4. A massive communication and social learning project is necessary. The UK advertising industry spends over £7B a year and most of this is advertising is based around promoting consumption. The design industry is an important leverage point in the transformation of our economic and social systems towards sustainability. The design industry must quickly become ecologically literate to be enabled to design a transition to true sustainability. Communication designers can help inform the necessary shifts.
If we can't look to government to solve climate change we must take the lead in pioneering solutions and alternative ways of living well within planetary limits. Fortunately, thanks to the hard work of thousands of environmental activists there is a global movement of initiatives all working to build a resilient low carbon future. When governments start to support people, not profitable carbon trading schemes - we will have the beginnings of an effective climate treaty.