Various organizations have been created to educate the public about the imminent problems of habitat destruction and greenhouse gas emissions. These organizations also offer residents the opportunity to participate in market-based solutions to these global concerns.
"Some disagree with the principle of carbon offsets. An English environmentalist and writer, has compared carbon offsets to the practice of purchasing indulgences during the Middle Ages, whereby, according to popular misunderstanding, people with money could purchase forgiveness for their sins (instead of actually repenting and not sinning anymore). Monbiot also says that carbon offsets are an excuse for business as usual with regards to pollution. In addition, some economists have questioned if carbon trading schemes are delivering the expected benefits. These questions result from a collapse in the price of carbon credits at two of the major carbon trading schemes. There are also concerns that using carbon offsets actually increases demand for polluting sources of power since overall power consumption is not being reduced."
- ask four basic questions
- ask "Should You Buy Carbon Offsets?"
- Bonneville Environmental Foundation
- Gold Standard 3.0