Carbon offsets = greenwashing?

Nadir Ait-Laoussine
5 min readJan 24
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For a while, it seemed like carbon offsets were a first and good step in addressing the impacts of climate change. Now, as more data is coming online, the answer is not that simple.

I’ve always had a bit of discomfort with the concept of carbon offsets. In some ways, they give permission to continue to produce carbon for those who choose to pay for offsets, with little to no impact on changing behavior…

Nadir Ait-Laoussine

Student of cities and systems, life-long learner, CitiesXTech, Data & Analytics. Occasional dabbler in chocolate making. All opinions are my own.