WHAT HAS NATURE EVER DONE FOR US? HOW MONEY REALLY DOES GROW ON TREES
From Indian vultures to Chinese bees, nature provides the "natural services" that keep the economy going - as well as ecological balance. From the recycling miracles i the soil to an army of predators ridding us of unwanted pests, it has been estimated that these and other services each year are worth about double the global GDP. Yet we take most of Nature's services for granted, imagining them free and limitless - until they suddenly switch off.
On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with British environmentalist Tony Juniper, whose book What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? How Money Really Does Grow on Trees points out that if we realized the true economic as well as intrinsic value of nature, we would stop treating our natural systems in a destructive manner.
Tony Juniper is an independent sustainability and environment adviser. He speaks and writes on many aspects of sustainability, is the chair of the 10:10 climate change campaign, the chair of Action for Renewables and is the editor of GREEN magazine. He is the author of several books, including the award winning Parrots of the World, Spix’s Macaw and How Many Light Bulbs Does It Take To Change A Planet? He was a co-author of Harmony, with HRH The Prince of Wales and Ian Skelly. From 1990 he worked at Friends of the Earth and was the organisation’s executive director from 2003-2008 and was the Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International from 2000-2008.