publication . Article . Other literature type . 2009

Carbon offsetting: sustaining consumption?

Harriet Bulkeley; Diana Liverman; Heather Lovell;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Oct 2009 Journal: Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, volume 41, pages 2,357-2,379 (issn: 0308-518X, eissn: 1472-3409, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
Abstract
In this paper we examine how theories of sustainable and ethical consumption help us to understand a new, rapidly expanding type of consumer product designed to mitigate climate change: carbon offsets. The voluntary carbon offset market grew by 200% between 2005 and 2006, and there are now over 150 retailers of voluntary carbon offsets worldwide. Our analysis concentrates on the production and consumption of carbon offsets, drawing on ideas from governmentality and political ecology about how narratives and technologies are used to create particular types of consumer subjectivities and shape consumer choice. We critically examine three narratives that offset pro...
Subjects
free text keywords: Geography, Planning and Development, Environmental Science (miscellaneous), Governmentality, Political ecology, Economics, Offset (computer science), Natural resource economics, Corporate governance, Climate change, Carbon offset, Consumer choice, Environmental economics, Carbon, chemistry.chemical_element, chemistry
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