The Carbon Rush

Environment, World Affairs
Amy Miller
52/84 minutes


WINNER Prix du Vautour Festival FREDD, France
WINNER Best feature Barichara Environmental FF
Official Selection Vancouver Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection Newport Beach Film Festival
Official Selection Green Film Festival in Seoul
Official Selection Rio De Janiero Int'l Film Festival



Incinerators burning garbage in India. Hundreds of hydroelectric dams in Panama. 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 how are they affecting the people who live in these countries?

THE CARBON RUSH takes us around the world to meet the men and women on the front lines of carbon trading. So far their voices have gone unheard in the cacophony surrounding this multi-billion dollar carbon industry, nicknamed "green gold” by its beneficiaries.

Indigenous rain forest dwellers are losing their way of life. Waste pickers at landfills can no longer support themselves. Dozens of Honduran Campesinos have been assassinated.

THE CARBON RUSH travels across four continents and shows the connection between these tragedies and the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism. This groundbreaking documentary feature reveals the true cost of carbon trading and shows who stands to gain and who stands to lose.



Amy Miller is an award winning media maker and social justice organizer based in Montréal. Her documentaries include No Land No Food No Life a hard-hitting film on the economy, agricultural land grabs and the changes to farmers’ lives around the world and The Carbon Rush, a global exposé on how carbon offset projects impact local peoples. This film has expanded to include an online interactive game as well as a photo-essay book published by Red Deer Press (2014). Her first feature Myths for Profit: Canada’s Role In Industries of War and Peace and her short Outside of Europe, which focuses on the exclusionary nature of immigration and border policies, continues to be screened around the world. She remains dedicated to developing critical documentaries for transformative social change and helping out grassroots campaigns for justice.


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