Outsourcing the Problem: Consumption, Climate and China
Public Interest Research Centre - Non-Profit - www.pirc.info
Help us reveal an untold scandal: how the West exports carbon emissions to countries like China - expecting them to pay for the impact of our consumption. We need an engaging animation to explain the problem - for which we'll provide research, a voiceover from George Monbiot, and promotion from ChinaDialogue. The animation will inform the public, inspire campaigners and give us a tool to lobby government to take responsibility.
Alan Rennie commented
We need to get problems such as this discussed on the mainstream international political agenda. This film could bring the scandal of the export of carbon emissions to a much wider audience and encourage further debate.
Pamela McLean commented
I've recently researched the export of e-waste to China and looked at the impacts of our sending back the stuff that was manufactured there in the first place. We've exported not only the carbon emissions of manufacture but also the toxic emissions from "recycling" our used goods. I hope your animation can show the full life cycle impacts of our outsourcing. Best of luck!
Good luck, you need it
Nicette Ammar commented
Go for it, sounds like a really good thing to do.
Good luck PIRC
Duncan Shrubsole commented
This is a key issue which needs a spotlight shone on it.....but it needs to be done in an engaging way - so an animation would be great
John Cantor commented
It is very important for people to understand such issues, and this is a great and valuable way to get a message across
Simon Oswald commented
This is a much forgotten issue and a much needed project
re-cycling begins at home. Good luck.
Anna Elizabeth commented
Good luck - this sounds like a great idea!
sue bartlett commented
Good luck !
i support you whole-heartedly
Charles Medawar commented
This really is an important problem and it needs proper investigation and analysis. To continue to do what economists politely call "externalising costs" simply isn't an option; it amounts to procrastination, at best, and time is not on our side. George Monbiot's input is very welcome and a guarantee of strong impact. Go for it.
Steven Bland commented
I was working at DECC when an MP brought a private members bill arguing to expand the UK's carbon emissions reporting requirements to include consumption of goods and services from abroad. Good to get this aired again.
Clare Speedie commented
This is very important. How can we expect other countries to do the right thing if a rich country like the UK with all the capability to act chooses to be irresponsible?
Rachel Nunn commented
Exported carbon is indeed an issue that allows politicians and big business to overstate the actual progress they are making. Making such a film will need careful phrasing however, and I hope we will explore in it the benefits of consuming lower or carbon free activities, as well as the knock-on disbenefits of our high carbon consumption...please '10:10 no pressure' or moral highground stuff - it would make the film un-useable for mainstream society.
Danielle Johnson commented
I agree with kate, we only have one planet! We need to tackle this problem globally and let self interests take a back seat.
Ciaran Mundy commented
CO2 knows no national boundaries and neither does the power of the money we spend. . . it's essential we come to understand the consequences and dependencies of our way of life and that the earth is one living system.