To: George Monbiot
Subject: Plan Vivo and your “Climate Solutions Allies” duplicity
Hello George –
I’m seeing that Plan Vivo is on your Natural Climate Solutions allies page (https://www.naturalclimate.solutions/our-allies).
As you know, the PV network has restored landscapes, improved livelihoods, and generated 3.5 million tonnes in emissions reductions, primarily through avoided deforestation and tree planting. These emission reduction units are carbon offsets. Several of your other listed allies are also involved in this form of carbon finance, which is one among many valid tools.
I actually agree with many of your points about offsetting, and COTAP makes efforts to ensure it’s properly framed and contextualized. One of those efforts was arranging for two of our partner project leaders to appear in this recently released Climate One podcast (https://www.climateone.org/audio/carbon-offsets-privileged-pollution). On a related note, here’s another piece we’ve recently facilitated https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/449828-americans-deserve-better-coverage-of-carbon-finance.
As you suspect, I’m getting in touch to point out that your current position on offsets and your Natural Climate Solutions allies page are at odds. The truth – borne out by Plan Vivo for over a quarter century now – is that offsetting, done properly, and natural climate solutions walk hand-in-hand on a regular basis. As they say, “where there is a difference of opinion, there is room for enlightenment.”
You cannot have it both ways – appropriating only your preferred attributes of Plan Vivo and similar entities, while also completely trashing offsetting – and also continue to go unchecked.