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NFUniversity Climate Class

December 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST

Understanding carbon offsets: Should government protocols funnel corporate money to farmers to incentivize soil carbon sequestration?

In our inaugural NFUniversity Climate Class, we will take a critical look at emissions trading, and carbon offsets.  Is it a good idea to use financial markets to trade soil carbon sequestration credits to Exxon in order to enable that company to get to “net zero”?  Is net zero even a credible concept?  How should governments structure programs and payments designed to incentivize farmers to adopt practices that build soils?  How can we better understand the offset protocols being developed by Canadian federal and provincial governments?


Dr. Doreen Stabinsky, Faculty of Global Environmental Politics, College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, Maine).  Dr. Stabinsky researches and writes about the impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security, and on the emerging issue of loss and damage from slow onset impacts of climate change. She also serves as advisor to a number of governments and international NGOs on issues related to agriculture and the ongoing negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Tamra Gilbertson is pursuing her Doctorate in Political Economy and Environmental Sociology at the University of Tennessee.  She also has degrees in biology,  zoology, and public health. She is one of the founders of Carbon Trade Watch, was the Coordinator of the Environmental Justice Project of the Transnational Institute (TNI), and has been active in the project since 2001.   Her research investigations have resulted in a body of research and extensive international experience with Indigenous Peoples, small-scale farmers, youth, women’s groups, fishing communities, in diverse cultural settings including: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and South Africa.

Information on how to register coming soon!


December 10
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST


National Farmers Union