The Carbon Rush | A New Film by Amy Miller

Hundreds of hydroelectric dams in Panama. Incinerators burning garbage in India. Biogas extracted from palm oil in Honduras. Eucalyptus forests harvested for charcoal in Brazil. What do these projects have in common? They are all receiving carbon credits for offsetting pollution created somewhere else. But what impact are these offsets having? Are they actually reducing emissions? And what about the people and the communities where these projects have been set up?

THE CARBON RUSH takes us around the world to meet the people most impacted. They are the least heard in the cacophony surrounding this emerging “green-gold” multi-billion dollar carbon industry.

From indigenous rain forest dwellers having their way of life completely threatened, to dozens of Campesinos assassinated, to the livelihood of waste pickers at landfills taken away, THE CARBON RUSH travels across four continents and brings us up close to projects working through the United Nations, Kyoto Protocol designed Clean Development Mechanism. This groundbreaking documentary feature asks the fundamental questions “What happens when we manipulate markets to solve the climate crisis? Who stands to gain and who stands to suffer?”

A message from the film’s director, Amy Miller:

The Carbon Rush, in a nutshell, shows the impact of the carbon offset market, on the people who are being directly affected. I am prouder than I could have possibly imagined with the results, which is relieving because it has essentially been what I have been doing non stop since December 2009. I was profoundly disturbed by what was shared with me by the folks in the film and have felt an urgent need to have their stories ‘get out there’ ever since. I am very excited that the film is set to be released in theatres across Canada in the summer of 2012 and as dates and locations become clearer news will be released on The Carbon Rush website. As a huge boost to the film, a beautiful photo essay book of The Carbon Rush will also be released during the summer. It is not simply an ethical issue of ‘us’ paying ‘someone else’ to go on our carbon diet, the carbon market is truly destroying the livelihoods of people all over the world. Check out the website & trailer at”

Amy Miller is a media maker and social justice organizer based in Montréal. She recently finished directing and producing the documentary ‘The Carbon Rush’ a global exposé on false capitalist oriented so called solutions regarding the climate crisis. She directed the featurette documentary ‘Myths for Profit: Canada’s Role In Industries of War and Peace’ which was screened thoroughly across Canada and at festivals including the Milano Film Festival, RIDM and won the Peoples Choice award at the Bay Street Film Festival. Her first doc ‘Outside of EUrope’, on the exclusionary nature of immigration and border policies continues to be screened around the world. She continues to focus on developing critical documentaries for transformative social change and helping out grassroots campaigns for justice.


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