Response to ProPublica Article on the Failure of Forest Carbon Offsets

A recent ProPublica article highlights the failure of forest carbon offset (REDD+) projects in Acre, Brazil. Titled, “An Even More Inconvenient Truth: Why Carbon Credits For Forest Preservation May Be Worse Than Nothing,” author Lisa Song wrote that REDD+ was just one attempt a line of development mechanisms that sought to protect rain forests by supporting sustainable development. She wrote, “desperate hunger for these carbon credit plans appears to have blinded many of their advocates to the mounting pile of evidence that they haven’t — and won’t — deliver the climate benefit they promise.”

I wrote a Twitter thread responding to Song’s article, and how the failures of REDD+ have allowed the forest carbon offset mechanism to evolve into a tool for north/north conservation funding. You can read it here: