This seems like a simple and very good idea -- even the United Nations is behind it: want to keep some trees on the planet? Pay the people who own them, NOT to cut them down. People pay for them to do the opposite, yet the entire world benefits, particularly the developed nations, i.e. big carbon producers.
We have labels on our food to alert us as to what is in it, shouldn't we also know the environmental costs of the products we consume? If we knew that when we drink ordinary water imported from Fiji, we are contributing X to the carbon emission crisis, would we change our habits? How would we get manufacturers to post a simple label on all products?
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. had a great piece in the May Vanity Fair. Check it out via the link, or if you want a hard copy, your neighbors should be putting the issue in their recycling bins now.