Film poster for "The Carbon Rush" with silhouette of power plant.
Film poster for "The Carbon Rush" with silhouette of power plant.
an investigation of communities impacted carbon trading around the world and the ultimate failure of global carbon markets to stop climate change


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United Nations Climate Change Conference 2018 | Award of Merit, The Indie Festival | Best Emerging Filmmaker, Yorkton Film Festival | Closing Night Film, The Cape Town Eco Film Festival

Climate Crisis • The Carbon Industry • Pollution • Land Defenders in Latin America and India • Clean Development

Date of Completion: 2012 | Run Time: 84 minutes​​ | Language: English & French with Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi & German subtitles | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Director: Amy Miller | Producers: Amy Miller & Byron A. Martin | Writer: Amy Miler | Editors: Boban Chaldovich &  Étienne Gagnon | Director of Photography: Paul Kell | Composer: Benoît Groulx | Post-Production Supervisor: Boban Chaldovich

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. THE CARBON RUSH is a groundbreaking documentary feature that proposes the fundamental question: "What happens when we manipulate the markets to solve the climate crisis?". Who stands to gain and who stands to suffer?

Educational Media Reviews Online | Reviewed by Kristen Adams, Science & Engineering Librarian, Miami University Libraries
"[H]ighly Recommended 
to see the other side of carbon offset projects, that can sound nice on the surface, but don't play out to be so wonderful after all."

Art Threat | Ezra Winton
"…one of the finest, most carefully researched and executed political exposés of the year."

Science Books and Films (AAAS)
"Recommended. A ground breaking documentary about the exchange of carbon credits resulting from Kyoto Protocol. It uncovers the truth behind this exchange on the global environment, as well as its economic impact on several developing countries, revealing global deception about environmental rehabilitation coupled with corruption of local governments." | Dave Markland
"A brave and smart documentary which looks deeply into this burgeoning and profitable green scheme. The film has Miller casting her unflinching gaze upon both the supply and demand side of this little-known industry.”

The Concordian
"The documentary is filled with shockingly corrupt examples … and sheds light on the state of environmental concern on the corporate level, without being overly alarmist.”

The Vancouver Observer
“This one will get you boiling. It shows again how we are shipping our climate change problems out of our sight. Big companies are buying carbon credits, which allow them to keep on emitting as much CO2 as always by supporting projects that reduce emissions in third world countries. Or so they say.”

The Source
The Carbon Rush, exposes the offset projects that are impacting developing countries and their communities so that other nations can continue their industries relatively unchecked..”

Postmedia | Jay Stone
“Directed by Canadian filmmaker Amy Miller, The Carbon Rush takes a complex subject and makes it clearer.”