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Watch: Why carbon offsets are a con

Ever wondered why it's so cheap to offset a long haul? It's so easy to get trees planted in a far away place...because it's a con, argues Riverford founder Guy Singh-Watson. We can't offset our way out of the climate crisis he says, but there is a solution to reduce the 89 per cent of global emissions that come from fossil fuels, and it's incredibly simple. Watch on to find out. 


    anthony roper

    1 Week 3 Days

    I find it difficult to comment as I know so little. I like the passion in what you said. But as you say tax fossil fuel use particularly for planes Allow people one flight per year then gradually ramp up the tax for each extra flight. Then the rich pay. Offsetting just helps people feel less guilty about their actions. Thanks for your well felt comments Guy.

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    Richard Hobson

    1 Week

    Absolutely brilliant! Everyone please share as much as possible.

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    Guy Singh-Watson

    Guy Singh-Watson has over the last 30 years taken Riverford from one man and a wheelbarrow delivering homegrown organic veg to friends, to a national veg box scheme delivering to around 80,000 customers a week. Tired of meetings, brands and the assumption that greed is our predominant motivation, Guy converted the business to employee ownership in 2018, using the proceeds to buy a small farm and return to growing organic vegetables. In common with many of Riverford’s new co-owners, Guy is an advocate of using business to shape a part of the world, however small, to be kinder, more considerate and sustainable; more like the world most of us want to live in.  His weekly newsletters connect people to the farm with refreshingly honest accounts of the trials and tribulations of producing organic food, and the occasional rant about farming, ethical and business issues he feels strongly about.

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