Oscar going green

22 Mar

It was a memorable moment when Leonardo and Al Gore proclaimed that the Oscar was going green. That baffled me then. What the heck were these guys talking about? One could see all the wastage happening during the ceremony . And, I was quite irritated when I saw the director of “Inconvenient Truth” glorifying Gore. It sucked big time. Anyway, this morning my questions were answered, courtesy of Business Week. It is called “carbon offset”. During the Oscar ceremonies,all the presenters, participants were given a certificate( much like a gift certificate) of carbon offsets. These “carbon offsets” are sold by a company called Terrapass ( a profit organization), who sell “carbon offsets”. What is carbon offset, you may ask. Basically, we are offseting the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by some means like recycling , converting them to less harmful gases etc. So, companies like TerraPass sell these and themselves buy it from environment – friendly organizations like Waste Management, Dairy Farms etc who employ various techniques of recycling etc. For ex, Waste Management works on all the trash mounds and converts the methane (which is more harmful than CO2) to Co2 , thereby reducing environment pollution. Now, Terrapass gives them money for their equipments, operations , buys “carbon offsets” @ some price x, sells it to Oscar committee @ y, making money in the process. Now Oscar committee has bought enough carbon offsets to suffice their guilt for one year.

Another example given was of a Dairy Farmer who gets $2 for one carbon offset , the same offset for which Terrapass charges $9 . Some cuts go in between to a broker who introduced Terrapass to the farmer. One carbon offset is equivalent to one ton of CO2 or equivalent of methane. From the Oscar cermonies, the amount went to Waste Management who were already environment conscious and this money was more like an icing on the cake.If you want to be free of any guilt, if you feel guilty at all , its time to buy carbon offsets. Many companies proclaim they have become carbon neutral by buying carbon offsets equivalent to their carbon release..

Thinking about Terrapass, the CEO is 30 yr old from Wharton and I really admire him for finding a neat way of making money. Some would call it an honorable job.:-)

Personally, I am not interested in carbon offsets as I dont accept the global warming funda whole heartedly and I don’t care.

Another interesting link I came across during my blog reads


Posted by on March 22, 2007 in From AM-KICKING blog


3 responses to “Oscar going green

  1. Meera Manohar

    March 23, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    Interesting piece of information Survivor (romba paduchavanga neenga 😉

  2. Mindframes

    March 23, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    I was a little confused about what carbon offset was.. Upon further analysis, it eventually boils down to donating money to people who are already doing carbon-di-oxide cleanup (waste management, farmers etc.,) to do an even better job, in case if people are wondering…

    I think, wasting non-renewable resources is certainly bad, irrespective of whether it affects global warming or not. But, attributing global warming to every climatic event or trying to pay for the cleanup is a little too ridiculous…

  3. bumblebee

    March 25, 2007 at 2:21 am

    I say if people are willing to pay for cleanup + it will let them sleep better, then they are welcome to. Look at where you can input your energy usage to find your “footprint”.

    Whether or not global warming is caused by human actions and whether or not it can be halted or atleast deccelarated by changes to our ways is a hot topic for debate. I am neutral and don’t know which way to slant, but support economizing in most aspects. For instance, I don’t agree with the oversized packaging that comes along with a memory chip in places like costco. I think there is a lot of wastage of natural resources. Just today, I picked up a large bag for vegetable and grocery shopping that I intend to take with me. When I was checking it out, the lady asked me if I would like the bag to be bagged!! I laughed inside me head.


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