In theory, people in developing countries have everything to gain from carbon trading. After all, they lead unavoidably low-carbon lives. But these can often be improved by making them lower carbon still: for example, by switching from a kerosene lantern to solar power, or from a smoky wood stove to a clean burn version running on carbon neutral crop waste. These not only cut emissions – they usually save their users money and time, and dramatically improve their health. If these could also claim carbon finance, it would revolutionize their prospects. That’s the thinking behind Carbon Manna, a beta project which aims to use mobile phones to make micro payments to such individuals, rewarding them for emissions reductions. achieved by making the low carbon switch.
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Editor's Note: This post is a supplement to Leapfrogging into a Carbon-Light Future: The End of High-Carbon Prosperity and How Low-Income Nations Are Becoming Climate Resilient and originally appeared as a sidebar on Green Futures written by Anna Simpson, Martin Wright and Roger East.
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